Information On Various Wind Farms

The Wind Industry

The Wind industry is well established with multiple wind farms in the southern portion of the county at Buffalo Ridge; this has created various job openings.


Southern area of Deuel County.

Buffalo Ridge II Wind Farm, to date, in Deuel County has 24 turbines. The farm has a generating capacity of 210 MW of wind energy. Developer Avangrid provides power to customers served by MISO. The wind farm began operation in December 2010. (This information was taken from the SD Public Utilities Commission 2015.) 


Deuel Harvest Wind Farm

Proposed Community Benefits:  for  approximately 50,000 acres of private land near the communities of Clear Lake, Altamont, and Gary on the northern edge of Deuel County, the Deuel Harvest Wind Farm will consist of approximately 110 wind turbines for a total capacity of up to 310.1 MW. Wind is a long-term business that benefits farmers and landowners in rural areas, in addition to the local community. Invenergy will provide easement payments to the landowner before, during and after construction. During operation, the Deuel Harvest Wind Farm will contribute about $8 million annually in local payments, including property tax revenue to Deuel County and local townships, lease payments to landowners, and local staff salaries. This number does not include the recycling of any money that stays in the community. The local communities will benefit during construction as well as over the long run from DHWF's approximately 250 construction jobs, and 15 permanent jobs once the farm is operational. In addition, the Deuel Harvest Wind Farm has committed to funding a $30,000/year scholarship for the life of the project that will directly benefit local high school students in Deuel County. If you have questions, please contact them as they will be glad to answer them.  For more information on their released economic impact, please go here to fine the Impact study on our website (click on picture above).

Also Available:  Jedi Analysis,

NextEra Energy Resources

Crown Ridge Wind II

For more information NextEra is North America's largest producer of wind energy with 130 wind facilities in operation throughout 32 states and Canada, totally more than

21,000 MW of wind power.  NextEra Energy Resources added over 1,000 MW of new wind generation to its portfolio in 2017. Crowned Ridge II has been diligent in designing the Facility which meets or exceeds the requirements of the zoning regulation for Deuel County Wind Energy System Requirements.