in the sky
King City, MO
Drivers approaching King City
can see the towers from miles away. They stand tall against the horizon
like Jack’s proverbial beanstalk. And yet, the shear immensity
of the 27 wind turbines in place in Gentry County cannot fully be appreciated
until you approach closely.
Simply put, they are huge! In
fact, these Suzlon S88 turbines are among the largest in the world.
Each with a generating capacity of 2.1 megawatts, they stand 260 feet
from ground to hub. Each blade is 140 feet long.
The Bluegrass Ridge
Farm is the first of three commercial wind farms expected to be completed
in Missouri by the end of 2007. The King City facility should produce
power later this spring.
The three projects are joint ventures
between John Deere Wind Energy, the Wind Capital Group of St. Louis
and Associated Electric Cooperative, which supplies wholesale power
to electric co-ops in Missouri and parts of Oklahoma and Iowa. N.W.
Electric Power Cooperative of Cameron is providing the transmission
connection to Associated.
Associated, which has contracted
to purchase all the power from the projects, was recently named 2006
Wind Cooperative of the Year by the U.S. Department of Energy, the
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Cooperative
Research Network. The award was presented at NRECA’s annual meeting
The Bluegrass Ridge Wind Farm
is located on Highway 169 about 30 miles northeast of St. Joseph.