Huge Wind Farm Planned For Indiana

The state of Indiana continues its surge in clean energy use as Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) recently announced a power purchase agreement (PPA) that will result in the construction of yet another wind farm in the state.

Construction on the new Wildcat I wind farm is scheduled to begin later this year with completion of the project expected sometime in late 2012. As planned, Wildcat will spread out across four Indiana counties (Madison, Grant, Howard and Tipton) located about 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis.  This first phase is expected to produce about 200 megawatts of wind power but no details as to how many turbines or what make of turbine is to be used were disclosed.

wind turbines

image via ITOCHU

The PPA between I&M and Wildcat developer E.ON Climate and Renewables calls for 100 megawatts of the wind farm’s power. According to a statement released by I&M, the utility had considered purchasing a stake in the wind farm, but the deal E.ON was offering ended up being a better deal for both it and its customers in Indiana and Michigan.  E.ON has already secured leases from farmers in that are necessary for the build.

The recent PPA adds to I&M’s two pre-existing  agreements that gets it 150 MW from the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, managed by BP Energy and Sempra and located in Benton County in Indiana.

  • Djdunham2010

    work is under way.  stone driveways are being put in and cement pads are being poured to support the wind turbines.

  • Ironman11

    Work is progressing nicely. Around 70 of the 120 foundations are complete with turbine parts due to arrive near the end of June 2012. Two foundations per day are being completed. A tall order for 145,000 pounds of rebar to be installed every day. There is a talented group of ironworkers out there giving everything we have to complete this on time and under budget.