Project: Farmers City Wind Project
When the Farmers City Wind Farm began operation in early 2009, it was the largest wind project in Missouri, and nearly doubled the state’s wind power capacity.
Named after a historic farmers market that was located within the wind farm’s boundaries, the Farmers City Wind Farm is located near Tarkio in northwest Missouri on 35 square miles of land leased from 44 local landowners. The turbines use less than 1% of the total acreage, the rest of which continues to be used for corn and soybean farming.
The project uses 73 Gamesa 2.0 MW G87 turbine generators. The turbines, standing 397 feet tall, produce enough electricity to power approximately 33,000 Missouri homes.
When the project reached operation in early 2009, it was the largest wind project in Missouri, and nearly doubled the state’s wind power capacity. Development of the project helped create 150 jobs totaling 235,133 man-hours.
Local economic benefits include $600,000 - $1,000,000 in tax revenue and $365,000 in payments to landowners annually.