Driving south from Refugio to Corpus Christi, we discovered a huge wind farm that spread out for miles. I had seen wind farms at a distance in France, but never up close. I am amazed at how large these turbines are and how many there were. The windmills at a distance were hard to see, as they blended into the horizon, but we easily counted over 100. I found out that this is no big deal though. The Roscoe Wind Farm in Roscoe, Texas was the world’s largest wind farm at completion with 627 wind turbines.
On our return trip, we detoured off the highway and went sightseeing. They look close together, until you get closer and realize how large they really are. It makes getting several in a shot difficult. A telephoto lens might compress those far away for a nice shot, but my telephoto wasn’t in my gear on this trip. I was also surprised at how quiet they were. I’ve heard that they can get loud and even scare away wildlife as the blades spin faster, but on this day, they were slow and steady.
With over 40 different wind farm projects, Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state, with about 9% of its electrical power coming from wind.