200 MW Wind Farm Spins Up In Wyoming

Renewable energy developments these days are starting to get creative with their handles. First, there was the massive Turning Point Solar solar development planned for Ohio. Now there’s Wyoming’s Top of the World wind farm, created by Duke Energy.

Located in Converse County, Top of the World is Duke Energy’s fourth and largest wind farm in the state, with 110 wind turbines capable of producing 200 megawatts(MWs)–enough electricity to power approximately 60,000 homes  The company also owns and operates the 99-MW Campbell Hill Windpower Project, also in Converse County, and two wind farms near Cheyenne.

Top of the World wind farm

image via Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s total generating wind power capacity now stands at 935 MW, but that figure that will rise to 1,000 MW later this year when it completes the 51-MW Kit Carson Windpower Project in eastern Colorado. In total, Duke Energy has committed more than $1 billion since 2007 to build its wind power business.

Forty-four of the turbines at theTop of the World wind farm were supplied by Siemens–one of which was inspected by President Barack Obama during his visit to the Siemens manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa. The other 66 were built by General Electric.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.