Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 23,000 average Oklahoma homes with clean energy each year.
Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Arbuckle Mountain represents a capital investment of approximately $170 million and will disperse millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 148 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as nine permanent jobs. Through 2016, approximately $8.4 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm saves more than 153 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.
Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $560,000 has been paid to the wind farm’s landowners through 2016. These 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.
Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm consists of 50 Vestas V110 2 MW wind turbines.