Driving along I-65 near Chamers and Brookston Indiana, one cannot miss the farmlands covered in windmills. This is called the Meadow Lake Wind Farm. Although only four out of the six phases are complete, these windmills all ready produce enough clean energy to run over 100,000 Indiana homes annually. When all six phases are complete, these numbers are expected to go as high as 250,000 homes.
Like any other venture there are those against it. Some of the locals feel this will decrease property values. The fact is that property values have increased and property taxes have decreased. The farmers who are leasing their land have no problems. Most of the windmills are close to property lines leaving the farming acreage virtually intact.
Another perk of the windmills falls in the ecological side. When in full production the windmills will save 1684 million gallons of water per year while eliminated 3.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.