Time-lapse Video: Saratoga Wind Farm Construction

MGE’s largest wind farm is expected online in early 2019.

Construction of MGE's Saratoga wind farm is nearing completion in northeast Iowa. The wind farm's 33 turbines will generate enough energy to power about 47,000 Madison-area households when the generation site comes online early next year.

Throughout the summer, crews worked to install roads, pour foundations for the turbines and complete the wind farm's substation. Deliveries of the Vestas turbines began in August, and since then crews have been working to erect the towers that support the turbines.

At 66-megawatts, Saratoga is MGE's largest wind farm—and its most efficient. Saratoga's turbines stretch nearly 500 feet high—almost 100 feet taller than the turbines at MGE's Top of Iowa 3 wind farm and more than 200 feet taller than those at MGE's Rosiere wind farm, built in 1999 in Kewaunee County, Wis. Saratoga's taller towers take advantage of greater wind speeds and generate more energy per turbine, making them more efficient.

Check out our short time-lapse video and photo gallery below to see how the construction of a wind farm unfolds. Saratoga is one example of how MGE is growing its use of cost-effective renewable generation. Stay informed by visiting energy2030together.com.

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Crews lay foundations - Aug. 2018

Crews lay foundations - Aug. 2018

Blades staged for construction - Oct. 2018

Blades staged for construction - Oct. 2018

Turbine tower bases erected - Oct. 2018

Turbine tower bases erected - Oct. 2018


Lifting a blade to a Vestas turbine - Oct. 2018

Lifting a blade to a Vestas turbine - Oct. 2018

A wind turbine completed amid construction - Oct. 2018

A wind turbine completed amid construction - Oct. 2018

Saratoga nears completion - Nov. 2018

Saratoga nears completion - Nov. 2018

published: Nov-27-2018