Bright Stalk Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 205 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 70,000 average Illinois homes.
Bright Stalk Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Bright Stalk represents a capital investment of approximately $287 million and will disburse millions in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 174 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 10 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $2.8 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Bright Stalk Wind Farm saves more than 355 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Wind energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Bright Stalk Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the wind farm’s landowners through the life of the project. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that cover turbines, access roads, and transmission corridors.
Modern wind turbine generators are sophisticated, high-tech machines designed to capture the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it into electricity. A turbine’s blades capture the wind and rotate an internal shaft connected to a gearbox spinning a generator to produce electricity. Tubular steel towers support a hub with three attached blades and a nacelle, which houses the shaft, gearbox, generator, and controls. Wind measurements are collected to automatically rotate the turbine to face the strongest wind and angle, or “pitch,” its blades to optimize the energy captured. Electricity must be produced at just the right frequency and voltage to be compatible with the utility grid.
Bright Stalk Wind Farm consists of 57 Vestas V136 3.6 MW wind turbines.