Saratoga Wind Farm Taking Shape

Crews constructing 33 wind turbines.

Vestas wind turbines will soon dot 8,300 acres in northeast Iowa, where MGE is building a 66-megawatt (MW) wind farm—our largest to date. Saratoga will deliver enough energy to power about 47,000 households.

MGE Wind FarmsCrews began constructing foundations earlier this summer. Now, construction of the towers, which support the turbines, is taking place. Saratoga's turbines will stretch nearly 500 feet high—almost 100 feet taller than the turbines at our Top of Iowa 3 wind farm and over 200 feet taller than those at our Rosiere wind farm, built in 1999 in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. Taller turbines take advantage of greater wind speeds and generate more energy per turbine, making them more efficient.

Saratoga is expected to come online by early 2019. It is another step toward reaching our goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

Watch our short video to see the building of a wind farm—and stay tuned to for future updates.

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published: Sep-27-2018