TVA Adds 15 More Wind Turbines

Buffalo Mountain wind farm increases generating capacity to 29 megawatts, enough to power 3,000 homes

Published: 07-Jan-2005

With a "whoosh, whoosh, whoosh," the graceful blades of 18 windmills on the South's first commercial wind farm are now producing enough clean power to be seen as more than just an eco-experiment.

When the farm opened with three turbines in 2001, it generated a mere 2 megawatts of electricity, enough for just 360 homes. But the December addition of 15 larger turbines - each as tall as a 26-story building - boosted the capacity to 29 megawatts, enough for 3,000 homes.

"Magnificent," said Rick Carson, the Tennessee Valley Authority's renewable operations manager, as he gazed out on the windmills dotting a two-mile forested ridge atop Buffalo Mountain.


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.


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