Community leaders and elected officeholders joined officials from EDP Renewables and Indiana Michigan Power today in formally dedicating the Headwaters Wind Farm.
The wind farm’s 100 turbines have a capacity of 200 megawatts and are expected to generate more than 600,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually – enough to power more than 50,000 homes. EDPR developed and operates the facility and has an agreement to sell the energy it generates to I&M.
“These wind turbines in Randolph County help boost the local economy, but they do much more,” said Paul Chodak III, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power. “At a time when our nation and many of our customers expect more energy to come from renewable sources, wind plays an important role. I&M now generates energy using the wind, water, nuclear power and coal – and will add solar later this year. A diverse generation pool helps I&M adapt to changes in the energy industry.”
“Headwaters Wind Farm has helped I&M achieve a notable milestone this year – more than half of our energy now comes from non-carbon-emitting sources,” Chodak added. “Indiana Michigan Power is proud to be Winchester’s hometown energy provider, and we appreciate the community’s role in generating renewable energy.”
EDP Renewables North America has already provided Randolph County with more than $1 million in economic development payments and is scheduled to pay the county a total of more than $7.4 million over the first 10 years of the project. The Headwaters Wind Farm created more than a dozen ongoing jobs and more than 200 jobs during the peak of its construction in 2014.
The EDP Renewables family is pleased to be operating in Randolph County and expanding our network of wind farms in the state of Indiana. The growth of renewables in the state is a direct result of a strong wind resource and committed partners in both county governments and in utilities like Indiana Michigan Power. We are committed to bringing clean and cost competitive power to the Hoosier state and look forward to growing alongside the state of Indiana.