Prairie Queen Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 199.275 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 54,000 average Kansas homes.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Prairie Queen represents a capital investment of approximately $278 million and will disburse millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 350 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 21 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $2.8 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Prairie Queen 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.
Prairie Queen 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. 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.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm consists of 48 Gamesa G132 3.55 MW wind turbines and 11 Gamesa G126 2.625 MW wind turbines.