Pigeon Creek Wind Turbine

The First Utility-Scale Wind Turbine in Adams County

South of Quincy Regional Airport, along 1700E (Plainville Blacktop), Adams Electric Cooperative’s 900kW Pigeon Creek Wind Turbine reaches into the sky. The landmark is 246 feet tall (335 feet counting the blade).

The turbine was manufactured by Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT). Each blade weighs about 3,000 pounds and attaches to a 20,000 pound hub. The hub is attached to a generator weighing 69,000 pounds.

The Co-op’s wind turbine is a direct drive unit, meaning the three 89-foot blades will drive the generator. The blades start producing electricity in winds as light as six miles per hour and reach full capacity in winds starting at 31 miles per hour.

The turbine will supply approximately 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. That is enough power for about 200-300 homes.

The installed cost of the wind turbine was approximately $2 million. The Cooperative secured $1.5 million in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) which is an interest-free loan for financing renewable energy projects. The Cooperative also received grants for the Adams County project: $150,000 from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) and $250,000 from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

2014 Production 2015 Production 2016 Production 2017 Production
Jan 199,440 160,288 157,680 166,080
Feb 113,760  135,801 199,680  139,920
Mar 186,480 133,708  174,240 194,880
Apr 228,000 168,480 193,440 168,240
May 116,160  123,360  91,440 133,920
Jun 108,000 72,480  67,680 101,280
Jul 83,280 58,320  66,000 68,160
Aug 42,960  52,800 51,840 62,640
Sep 37,200 98,640 46,560 90,720
Oct 66,720  143,520  146,640
Nov 67,200  198,480  137,280
Dec 41,036  201,360  134,880

Adams Electric Cooperative
Mailing address: P.O. Box 247, Camp Point, IL 62320
Headquarters Location: 700 E. Wood St., Camp Point, IL
Phone: 217-593-7701 – Fax: 217-593-7120