Wildcat Wind Farm Phases II and III

Plans are being finalized by E.ON Climate and Renewables to begin construction of the next two phases of the Wildcat Wind Farm in western Grant County, Indiana. Both phases combined will consist of 124 turbines in the area between Converse and Point Isabel, completely surrounding the town of Swayzee.

View Grant County and Howard County Wind Farms in a larger map

Inadequate Protection for Residents and Property Owners

The current Grant County wind ordinance is the most wind-friendly, anti-resident ordinance in the State of Indiana. Unlike any other ordinance in the state, it offers no extra protection for residents, permitting the construction of 480-foot wind turbines as close as 528 feet from roads and highways, property lines, and even residences! It also permits noise levels to be more than a thousand times more intense than what they are today. As the ordinance stands, rural Grant County is permitted to be louder than the city of Marion at all times.

Ill Effects of Large Wind Farms

When the Grant County ordinance was adopted more than five years ago, large wind farms were just beginning to move into more populated areas. Wind developers have continued to move into more and more densely populated areas, so the ill effects of placing turbines amongst residents are becoming increasingly known. These issues include:

  • Noise
  • Shadow flicker
  • Low-frenquency vibrations
  • Headaches, sleep deprevation, nausea, and other health issues
  • Loss of antenna and satellite reception, cell phone signal, and Internet service
  • Declining property values
  • Blade and ice throws
  • Oil leaks and fires