Rock Port, Mo., has four wind turbines to supply electricity to its 1300 residents. This is the first community in the United States that operates completely on wind power. Northwest Missouri has the state's highest concentration of wind resources and there are some locations that are really suitable for utility-scale wind development.
The four turbines actually are part of 75 turbines located in three counties used to harvest the power of the wind. The turbines also offer another benefit as they bring more than $1.1 million every year in the form of real estate taxes, paid by Wind Capital Group, a wind energy developer based in St. Louis. Landowners also get benefit from leasing part of their property for the turbines.
The turbines can provide service for at least 20 years so it can be expected that there will be no increase in rates for the next 15 to 20 years. The turbines also could attract tourists to the area.
This is definitely good news and it is great to see that people have an initiative to harvest this renewable power. The source of the news is First U.S. Town Powered Completely By Wind.