Iowa Farmer Wind is located among the corn and bean fields on the farms of rural Southwestern Iowa. Farmer members of the Rural Electric Cooperative of Greenfield (serving rural Iowans in four counties) installed the first wind turbine in 2009. In 2012, people from the communities of Greenfield (population 2,100) and Fontanelle (population 700) spearheaded the decision to add additional turbines. These communities are benefiting from increased tax revenue, job creation, and rural economic development.
Electricity generated by the turbines is purchased by three of Farmers Electric Cooperative’s 11 substations, the City of Fontanelle, and the City of Greenfield. All remaining power generated is purchased by Central Iowa Power Cooperative, the regional power distributor, which provides power to other nearby communities.