Blown away! Top five largest wind farms in the country

If you’ve ever seen one of the largest wind farms in real life, you understand how grand and impressive they are as they tower gracefully over the prairie.  Wind turbines are also a sign of the future, as they are a growing source of energy—one that does not create any air or water pollution.  The United States is now the world leader in producing wind energy.  With 35,000 megawatts of capacity, the wind power produced in the United States can generate as much electricity as three large nuclear power plants.

While Texas and Kansas are the leading wind power producing states, the largest wind farms are in Texas.  (Of course, isn’t everything bigger in Texas?)  Check out the list of the top five largest wind farms in the United States.

  1. Roscoe Wind Farm

    Located in Roscoe, Texas, not only is this wind farm our nation’s largest, it’s the largest in the world!  This farm includes 627 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of 781.5 megawatts.  This gigantic wind farm covers almost 100,000 acres—which is several times the size of the neighborhood of Manhattan.  This wind farm covers parts of four counties in Texas and provides enough power for about 250,000 homes.

  2. Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center

    Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is located on nearly 47,000 acres of land in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.  The wind farm has 735.5 megawatt capacity that is generated from 421 wind turbines.  Horse Hollow first made a name for itself as one of the country’s first wind farms to have a nuisance lawsuit filed against it.  People in the area filed a suit in 2005 saying they didn’t like the appearance of the turbines.  The jury ruled against their complaint.

  3. Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm

    Wind energy development in Tehachapi Pass actually began in the 1980s.  Today, it’s one of California’s largest wind resource areas.  Because this wind farm is one of the oldest in the country, it has older single and double blade turbines as well as more modern three blade turbines.  This California wind farm has a capacity of 705 megawatts.

  4. Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm

    Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm, located in Sterling and Coke counties in Texas, is a 662.5 megawatt capacity wind farm. This Texas farm consists of 407 total wind turbines and is capable of generating enough power for 220,000 homes.  The company that owns Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm is the largest wind generator in North America with facilities in 17 states and Canada.

  5. San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

    Located on the eastern slope of the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County, California, this wind farm began development in the 1980s and is one of three major wind farms in California.  The San Gorgonio Pass is one of the windiest places in Southern California.  This wind farm has a capacity of 619 megawatts.

Comments

  1. Interesting article, but i would love to see the largest wind farms in the world. It’s really good that many countries continue to invest in wind energy, but it’s still small percentage of total energy production.

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