Redbed Plains Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 99.1 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 23,000 average Oklahoma homes with clean energy each year.
Redbed Plains Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Redbed Plains represents a capital investment of approximately $168 million and will disperse millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 114 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 12 permanent jobs. Through 2017, approximately $19.1 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Redbed Plains Wind Farm saves more than 151 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Wind energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Redbed Plains Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $1.5 million has been paid to the wind farm’s landowners through 2017. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that cover turbines, access roads, and transmission corridors.
Modern wind turbine generators are sophisticated, high-tech machines designed to capture the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it into electricity. A turbine’s blades capture the wind and rotate an internal shaft connected to a gearbox spinning a generator to produce electricity. Tubular steel towers support a hub with three attached blades and a nacelle, which houses the shaft, gearbox, generator, and controls. Wind measurements are collected to automatically rotate the turbine to face the strongest wind and angle, or “pitch,” its blades to optimize the energy captured. Electricity must be produced at just the right frequency and voltage to be compatible with the utility grid.
Redbed Plains Wind Farm consists of 31 Gamesa G114 2.1 MW wind turbines and 17 Gamesa G114 2 MW wind turbines.