Many may have seen the parts going down the highway, the staff that will hold them and the giant blades passing by. I know I had seen them going through town and wondered just where they were heading.

The windmills that are to provide power, but I did not know where they would be erected.

We made our annual trip to Parsons, Kansas yesterday, on the way back I glanced toward the South as we traveled back West. At first I thought it was a tall high line power tower. Then I noticed what I was taking for the Y shape of the top was moving! One large blades followed by another, then I saw there were more.

Rows of them all turning in the wind and stretching Southward.

I finally looked for a land mark that would give a point of reference as to where they were. I read the sign saying the Butler county fishing lake and pointing down a dirt road. I was amazed, I would look over my shoulder out the back window and it seemed every time the field of windmills had grown! How was it that I did not noticed them on our way East I wondered? They were so large and covering so much land it seem impossible to not have notice.

I knew they would be somewhere but actually seeing them was a moment of amazement!

The windmills of Kansas, the promise of a future of green energy and maybe just a future.

I know the day will come when such sights are common place and the likes will bring no more thought then we do at seeing a Microwave in the kitchen. But for now it was a meaningful sight for me, kind of like when I will see my first whale swimming free in the Ocean.



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6 responses to “THE WINDMILLS OF KANSAS.

  1. tosmarttobegop

    Sorry on highway 400

  2. djr4488

    When going to Colorado to visit in-laws, I got to checkout the cool wind turbines along I-70. Yes, the geek in me can’t get enough of those.

  3. Pedant

    A guy I used to work with had an interesting story. His parents used to farm in Butler County, but had to sell their land in the 80s. He said he had grown with the kids living on the farm across the highway, but that family had managed to hold onto their land.

    To make a long story short, one of best childhood pals signed a contract with a power company in Missouri to lease (I think) 160 acres. The power company was going to erect 80 windmills on this land.

    The terms of the lease were: 30 years @ $40,000/year/windmill. Assuming a 4.63% discount rate compounded annually (from the 6/5 Treasury auction of 30-yr T-bills) the NPV of that deal is $51,336,498.

    Not bad for harvestin’ wind. đŸ˜‰

    Also makes you wonder just how profitable wind energy could be. Seems to me the Missouri power company is betting wind energy will become extremely profitable sometime within the next twenty years or so.

  4. It is actually a very pleasant drive from ICT to Parsons. I always enjoy the flint hills. I imagine the wagon trains and huge cattle herds of the 1800’s when I drive that route.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    So do I, my grandmother came from Texas by covered wagon. Her tales always held me in place.
    I did hate the way when I was a child, the old highway to me was a road to death. But once you get away from the city and for the most part civilization. You can not seem to help thinking of the olden days of Kansas.