The Clinton Farms Wind Project began being developed in 2008 when a local group of landowners formed a steering committee and negotiated a lease agreement with Tradewind Energy. Tradewind Energy leased approximate 15,000 acres within the area until 2012. In 2012, due to market constraints, the project became unviable. However in late 2016, Tradewind began working with the landowner community to re-develop the Project.
The Project will operate seamlessly with current agricultural and other commercial development in the region. Tradewind prides itself on its ability to design and construct projects such that the operational project is a positive long term partner in the local community. The Clinton Farms Wind Project will be sited and constructed in compliance with the Clinton County Zoning Ordinance.
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Gina Wolf, Senior Development Director
Where is the Project?
The Clinton Farms Wind Project is located in Clinton County, Indiana, with portions of the Project in Warren, Forest, and Owen townships. The vast majority of the Project is to be located in Warren and Forest Townships. The proposed properties to host wind turbines and other facilities will be presented to Clinton County for approval in the coming months as an application for a wind overlay district, in compliance with the Clinton County Zoning Ordinance. Turbine and facility locations will be determined as part of the Preliminary Development Plan after the Wind Overlay District is established.
What is the size of the Project?
The Project’s nameplate capacity is expected to be approximately 150 megawatts. Once completed, the Project will have about 75 turbines, though the exact number of turbines will depend on the turbine model selected.
How much acreage and how many landowners are involved in the Project?
The Project is targeted to consist of approximately 15,000 acres of land which are under wind energy leases with approximately 200 landowner partners.
How much power will the Project create?
The Project will produce enough electricity to power approximately 60,000 homes.
What will the Project’s economic impact be on the local area?
The Project will pay an average of nearly $2 million per year in property tax and landowner rent payments. The Project will also employ more than 100 workers during the construction phase, with the fully operational Project requiring up to 10 full-time workers.
Will the Project facilities be removed once the Project is no longer operational?
Once the Project is no longer operational, the Project will be decommissioned and facilities removed in accordance with the wind energy leases and the Clinton County Zoning Ordinance decommissioning requirements. Bonds or other financial security are required to be put into place prior to the start of construction to remove the Project at the end of its operational life.
What are your setbacks from homes?
Wind turbines will set back from homes not participating in the project minimum distance of 1,520 feet in compliance with the Clinton County Zoning Ordinance.
How much sound do the turbines create?
As a mechanical device, wind turbines do produce sound which decreases with distance from the turbine. Even at the base of a modern wind turbine, two people can carry on a conversation in a normal speaking voice, and at greater distances the sound of the turbine is typically dominated by the sound of the wind itself. The Clinton County Zoning Ordinance requires that wind turbines be sited so that sound levels outside of a residence do not exceed 45 dBA, which is approximately as loud as the background sound of an HVAC system in a small office. The Project will comply with this requirement, and most residences will experience sound levels far quieter than this level.
What is shadow flicker?
Shadow flicker occurs when the blades of a rotating wind turbine are directly between an observer and the sun, causing alternating light and shadow. This effect decreases and ultimately disappears with distance from the turbine and is also eliminated by obstacles between the observer and the turbine, such as trees or terrain, and is not present at all on cloudy days. Scientific research has continually concluded that shadow flicker is harmless, though it may be considered by some to be an annoyance. Therefore, Tradewind considers shadow flicker on all projects we design and will work to keep occurrences to a minimum at occupied structures and will comply with the not to exceed 30 hours per year, or 30 minutes to day, at a non-participating home.
Will the Project impact operations at the Frankfort airport?
No. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will review the final siting locations of the wind turbines so travel will not be affected by this Project.
Will the Project impact property values?
Numerous studies have shown that wind power does not negatively affect property values long-term. In fact, wind power actually benefits property owners by driving community economic development. A study on wind farms and property values conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and released in August of 2013 analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities across nine U.S. states and did not identify any impacts to nearby home property values.
Are there health hazards associated with living around a wind project?
Public health is one of the great advantages of wind power. Numerous peer-reviewed, publicly-funded, scientific studies have shown no ill effects from living near wind turbines. Wind energy is an inexhaustible resource that generates no pollution or hazardous waste, does not deplete fresh water resources, and requires no mining, transportation, or refining of a feedstock or fuel.
Where will the electricity that is produced at the Clinton Farms Wind Project be used?
The power produced by the Clinton Farms Wind Project is intended to be used in Indiana or in the Midwest. Unlike many of the Projects in Benton and White Counties, the power system grid in Clinton County is on the Midwest grid system (MISO) system instead of the Eastern grid system (PJM).
Who is Tradewind Energy?
Clinton Farms Wind Project is being developed by Tradewind Energy, one of the largest wind and solar project development companies in the U.S. We deliver long-term projects that tap into nature’s resources to produce sustainable energy for our nation — real power that will keep our energy costs low. We’ve earned a reputation for innovation in the market, for our highly skilled and passionate team, and for our deeply held respect for the people, environment and communities where we develop our projects. For more information, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.
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