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.

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