Governments and business in Peoria could encourage the development of a wind farm near Peoria by creating a consortium who would band together to buy wind energy from a newly developed wind farm. The Wind farm company could handle location, siting and development work. An ideal location would be on a major approach to the region, perhaps along I-74 . Another option would be a "Green Sustainable" technology and business park developed with the Wind Farm. This could also enhance our image as a "Green" Community. Wind farms are of course controversial to nearby property owners. Siting is somewhat difficult. But the idea is worth researching. Grants for this type of work are available from:
Peoria Journal Star Article
Wind for Illinois
Site where you can plug in your address and it will display a map giving a rough estimation of the wind resource at the exact location. Courtesy of Wind for Illinois.