Giant windmills stretch across the Midwest.
Wind Turbines in Field
Today as you drive across the Midwest, especially Iowa (we’re third in the country for wind power), there are huge wind turbines dotting the fields. Where once each farmer had a windmill or maybe 2 to pump water, these giants generate electricity. You will see them in large clumps spread out across fields. The heads turn to catch the wind, but they don’t all turn at once.
These huge windmills you mostly see today are 1 megawatt, but there are bigger ones that are 2 megawatts. Each unit provides the farmer with $4000 a year and takes an acre of land. If the sweep of the arms crosses property lines, the money must be split. One factory that produces the windmills is here in Cedar Rapids and you will sometimes see one arm of a windmill go buy, longer than a normal semi truck trailer.
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