Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Lone Star State isn't just about fossil fuels. There are an estimated 80,000 water-pumping windmills there used by farmers for decades and now companies such as E.ON are building wind farms that add about 1.8 mW/turbine of clean energy to the grid.
This article looks at how a wind farm is built, which begins with finding sites that receive a reliable and strong flow of air – WPD, or wind power density. In this Kenney County farm, the high-mesa topography required a special-built road and lots of bedrock blasting. The installation employed 300 people over the six months it took to build it in 2012.
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