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11 May 2020

The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, Indiana

Fowler Ridge Wind Farm (FRWF) is located in Benton County, Indiana, US.
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm (FRWF) has an installed capacity of 750MW. Credit: Patrick Finnegan.
Phase IV of the Fowler Ridge began commercial operations in December 2015. Credit: Patrick Finnegan.
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is one of the world's largest onshore wind farms. Credit: Chris Light.

Fowler Ridge Wind Farm (FRWF) is located in Benton County, Indiana, US. Spread over 50,000 acres, it is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world.

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Fowler Ridge was built in four phases. The first three phases of the Indiana wind farm are owned and operated jointly by BP Alternative Energy North America and Dominion Resources with each having a 50% stake in it. Pattern Energy Group owns and operates the fourth phase, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge.

The FRWF has an installed capacity of 750MW, which is sufficient to meet the power consumption requirements of 200,000 average US homes. The wind farm is visible from both sides of Interstate 65 (IS-65).

FRWF construction

The construction of phase I, Fowler I, began in April 2008 and was completed a year later. Fowler I is located 90 miles (140km) north-west of Indianapolis. It can produce 400MW of carbon-free electricity, which lights 120,000 US homes. The first phase of the Indiana wind farm saves 720,000t of carbon dioxide a year.

“Spread over 50,000 acres, it is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world.”

The balance-of-plant (BOP) engineering and construction contract for Fowler I was awarded to Wind Connect in February 2008. Work included the construction of roads and concrete and steel turbine foundations.

BP owns 99MW of the power generated by Fowler I and shares 201MW with Dominion.

Phase I has 36 full-time working positions for monitoring and maintaining operations. It also offered 350 jobs during construction.

Phase II (Fowler II) is located on the west side of Phase I on a 17,000-acre site. Its construction began in June 2009 and was completed in January 2010.

Mortenson Construction was the prime contractor. The structural engineering services were provided by the US-based HDR Engineering.

The second phase of FRWF produces 200MW of electricity to meet the electricity consumption requirements of 50,000 US homes. The total cost incurred for the development of Phase II was $77.2m.

The third phase of the Indiana wind farm became operational in 2009. It produces 100MW of electricity and supplies power to 30,000 US families.

Phase IV began commercial operation in December 2015. It supplies 150MW of green power to 50,000 households.

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