Company To Test Mid-Missouri's Wind Potential

7 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, October 25 2010 Oct 25, 2010 Monday, October 25, 2010 9:20:39 PM CDT October 25, 2010 in News

WARSAW - A Portland, Ore.-based company wants to begin testing in Warsaw to determine whether it can build a wind farm there.

Feasability testing for the wind farm near the Lake of the Ozarks would take at least a year, and if initial data show promise, further tests could take several more years.

Iberdrola Renewables has already met with several residents who are interested in putting wind towers on their property if the company determines a wind farm could be profitable there.

After years of being considered an area with low potential for developing wind energy, Missouri's standing as a hot wind property has grown. However, most of the high upper-level wind speeds needed for wind development are in the northwest part of the state.

The U.S. Department of Energy says average winds 80 meters off the ground need to blow at or above 6.5 meters per second in order for a site to be "suitable" for wind development. A map from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that wind speeds in Warsaw at the necessary height generally hover between 5.5 and 7 meters per second.

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