Missouri farms find new "cash crop" in wind
Driving along an old country road in rural Missouri, you'd expect to see fields of green. After all, soy beans and corn are top row crops in our state. But sprouting out of the soil on three Missouri farms is a crop of a different shade of "green": dozens of majestic wind turbines, 262 feet tall with rotors spanning 289 feet in diameter.
The first of Missouri's three wind farms, Bluegrass Ridge, is situated in the northwestern corner of the state and is capable of producing enough clean, renewable energy to power about 15,000 homes. But Mother Nature's not the only one cashing in on this crop of local turbines. The 14 farmers who leased a combined total of 9000 acres to Bluegrass Ridge project developers are finding that wind power also generates a steady, secondary income stream.
Together, Missouri's three wind farms generate more than $1.1 million in county real estate taxes, provide substantial savings for rural electric companies and can produce enough electricity to power 45,000 homes.
Want to learn more about the clean, green energy plants in our backyard? Click here to take a virtual tour of Bluegrass Ridge.
submitted by Pure Power
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