Bowling Green wind farm powers up


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Ohio has taken a step forward on the path of renewable energy as the American Municipal Power-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm goes online.

The project is the first utility-scale wind farm in Ohio.

The AMP-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm is located at the Wood County landfill, southwest of the city of Bowling Green.

It consists of two 1.8-megawatt wind turbines, interconnected to the regional electric grid through a Bowling Green Municipal Utilities substation.

The estimated combined output of the units will be 6,891 megawatt-hours per year, providing enough power to supply approximately 780 homes.

Public-private partnership. Partnering with AMP-Ohio on this project is Austin, Texas-based Green Mountain Energy Company.

Green Mountain has contracted to purchase the green attributes of the energy produced at the wind farm, thereby lowering the cost of the energy sold to participating communities.

“These wind turbines are as powerful as any in the country and are the biggest wind generators east of the Rockies,” said Ron Prater, general manager of Green Mountain Energy’s Midwest and East regions.

Three blades. Each turbine sits atop its own 257-foot tower. The rotors have three 132-foot blades, which at their high point, reach nearly 400 feet in the air.

The units operate at wind speed of 9-56 mph, and can withstand wind speeds of up to 133 mph.

At a wind speed of 31.3 mph, the generator will be at full capacity of 1.8 megawatts. Nominal rotation speed for the rotor will be 16.8 rpm.


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