The project is in a portion of Palo Alto County that is primarily used for farming and ranching. The project will contribute to the economic stability and future of farming and ranching families by providing a reliable stream of alternative income.
The project prioritizes community safety and wellbeing. By incorporating responsible siting techniques and best management practices, the Frost-area community will be adequately safeguarded during construction and operations. Wind turbines and their access roads occupy a modest percentage of the leased land, allowing farmers to continue growing crops such as corn and cotton, or continue raising livestock.
As part of Steelhead and Vestas’ commitment to local communities, the company works with local leaders and community groups to find ways that the project can support programs and areas in need. Vestas’ Service Site Community Fund is one of many ways the company seeks to give back to the communities where it works.
The Lost Island Wind Project is a substantial investment in the Iowa electrical grid and helps support the resiliency of the power supply for consumers across the State. Safety is at the core of Vestas’ mission and is a centerpiece of each step of the development process.
When sited responsibly, wind farms have among the fewest environmental impacts of energy facilities. The area was selected in part, because it avoids sensitive wildlife areas, migration corridors, and breeding grounds.
Wind farms can provide reliable energy to households and businesses for 30 years or more. Lease documents, governmental agreements, and company commitments provide a guarantee that at the end of the life of project, the site will be returned to its original condition and the community will not be left paying for its removal.