ford_ridge_map_Jan_1_2018-01.pngFORD COUNTY WIND FARM PROJECT PROFILE

Construction of the Ford County Wind Farm is complete, and the project began commercial operations in March 2022. We are excited to be a part of this community.  

Ford County Wind Farm has a capacity of up to 120 MW, producing enough energy to power more than 38,000 homes every year. Representing a private investment well in excess of $200 million. Ford County Wind Farm will benefit the economy of Ford County in the long term, with sustained tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools and 30 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.

One of the most exciting things about Ford County Wind Farm is the level of economic benefit it will bring this community. The Ford County Wind Farm project will bring approximately $33.25 million to Ford County over 30 years, more than $10 million more than was estimated in its original plan. It will also inject about $50 million into the local economy through payments to local landowners. Finally, it will provide more than $2.5 million to the Village of Sibley through a Community Benefit Agreement.

Rural western Ford County was selected by Apex Clean Energy after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Illinois for the following reasons:

  • Verified wind resource
  • Existing high-voltage power lines
  • Expansive commercial farmland
  • Existing network of state highways
  • Avoids sensitive military and environmental areas
  • Strong local landowner and community support
  • County has previous experience in siting and approving wind farm development  

Farmers who host turbines on their property and other participating landowners will also receive annual lease payments. These payments will continue over the projected 30-year lifespan of the wind farm, injecting millions of dollars into Ford County’s economy to support local merchants, contractors, and equipment suppliers.

WIND ENERGY FOR RURAL AMERICA

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The cost of wind energy has dropped more than 50% over the past five years, providing a cost-competitive source for clean electricity across the nation. Wind powers the equivalent of 18 million American homes each year.* Wind energy comes with many benefits, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.** Wind turbines compliment working farms because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.

 

 

*AWEA, Wind Energy Facts at a Glance, March 2015

**Department of Energy, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, 2015