The landscape of northern Chickasaw County is now lined with 66 wind turbines.
Jared Noack is the Development Project Director for MidAmerican Energy, who says the last of the wind turbines for the Chickasaw Wind Energy Center were erected as of Wednesday (11.15) afternoon. With all 66 now in place, all north of New Hampton, he says they anticipate energizing the substations and begin starting up the turbines in early December.
Noack adds that multiple circuits will be energized with five-to-eight turbines per circuit. FAA lights on the turbines will also be enabled with three turbines a day starting to spin from the date they energize.
The wind farm is expected to go online by the end of the year.
MidAmerican Energy, which also owns over 50 wind turbines on 16 acres south of Charles City, purchased the Chickasaw wind farm in June from Chicago-based Invenergy.
In August, both Invenergy and NextEra addressed the Floyd County Board of Supervisors about the development of separate wind farms calling for the erection of over 150 wind turbines combined. Both companies are targeting areas from Floyd and Rudd towards Rockford and Marble Rock, near the Floyd-Butler County line.