Mike and Nancy Cline
Farmers, landowners, and former Commissioner of Tipton County

Expert Testimonials

See what people in communities with RWE projects are saying

Mr. Robert Williams
Elwood, Indiana
Wildcat Wind Farm I Landowner

I’m Bob Williams, and I live in Duck Creek Township, just down the road from where the first two windmills were erected. The third was erected on our property. Williams Farms was one of the first landowners to sign up. It must have been in our minds for three and a half years.

I thought it was a good idea from the beginning but it took a lot of forethought. We needed to consider the impact it would have on the next two to three generations of our family and the damage that might be done to our tile. But when it was all over, we had one of our family members meet with the crew that repaired the tile, and we were very pleased. In fact, there were a lot of things we were pleased with – especially the RWE personnel. They have been very courteous. They have kept our heavily traveled roads in good shape. So many of the RWE employees were outstanding in the way they cooperated. Today I think we’ll probably get one windmill started on our farm and we already have one; so that’s two that are getting ready to turn.

I am looking forward to the benefit to the community. There’s already been some money pumped into the local economy. I heard this morning there’d be $31 million over the entire period of the leases. I just think it’s a good thing. It saves us from buying oil from overseas. I’ve been pleased with everything that’s taken place.

I gave it a lot of consideration at the beginning about how much inconvenience might be involved. But we went up to the Chicago area and saw some of the windmills in northern Indiana. My wife asked me what I thought was going to be the best crop around this year. At that time, we were flooded out, and we didn’t know when we were going to plant our crops. I said it is going to be windmills. On a bad year you can’t plant as soon as you want to, or your yields are going to be down, or it’s too dry like this year. I want to leave a legacy for my family, one that will provide an income for them. Just look around and you can tell what that is. I am glad I signed up.

Bill Savage
City of Elwood Economic Development Director
Elwood, Indiana
October 9, 2012

My name’s Bill Savage, and I am the Economic Development Director for the City of Elwood. I met RWE over three years ago when I was president of the Madison County Council of Governments. This project has been the biggest economic development project that northern Madison County has ever had. It’s a great project.

This is a huge benefit to the community as a whole, and especially to the school system. The increase in the property tax base is going to help everyone. The City of Elwood gets the peripheral benefit. The construction employees patronize our restaurants, and they have been great partners. The overall economic benefit is going to be tremendous.

Henrietta Campbell Cupp
Elwood, Indiana
Wildcat Wind Farm I Landowner
October 9, 2012

I’m Henrietta Campbell Cupp, and I think it’s a great project having a wind farm. I was the first one to sign a lease, and I was the first to have a test tower. The second time we met with RWE folks, my lawyer was present. He took home the lease agreement to read. He said all the I’s were dotted and the T’s were crossed, so we went forward. There is no way farmers can make that kind of money on such a small piece of ground. It’s been great being in the project. It has helped cut our taxes, and should cut them for the rest of our county’s residents because there’s so much revenue coming in from the turbines. RWE has been great to work with, and everyone I’ve met and had dealings with has been friendly. I feel like I’ve known them forever.

By the way the wind is blowing today – and you can tell by looking at my hair – this is what makes the towers go. I’m very happy to be a part of this project.

Emma Swallow
Central City, Pennsylvania
Stony Creek Wind Farm Landowner
January 10, 2018

My name is Emma Swallow, and I have been a resident of Somerset County, Pennsylvania for 53 years. We are part of the Stony Creek Wind Farm, with two windmills on our land. My husband, Ray Swallow, was born in 1943 and has always farmed the land since he was of age. The two wind turbines on our land have not affected how we farm, not one bit.

We initially began talking to RWE years and years ago before the first wind project was brought into the county. Two RWE developers spoke to us in our kitchen about being part of the project.

Our interest and willingness to have the wind project was based on it being a renewable source of electricity. I always thought they were a great idea, and if you have the right people that maintain and work them, then it is a beneficial system. Before the project was built, the community complained about the noise they thought the turbines would make. But I find them very relaxing. I often go sit in my lawn chair to read a book while the windmills make a light swoosh. It’s very mesmerizing. After a while, you don’t even notice them. I would recommend to any landowner to consider being part of a wind project with a partner like RWE .

Hornbuckle Family
Sheldon, Illinois
Settlers Trail Landowners
November 27th, 2018

You can’t make that type of money on an acre of land farming it with traditional crops. I don’t know of any crop that pays thousands of dollars an acre.

The extra income certainly helps our family. We put it in our savings account, and draw from it when we need it for everyday necessities around the home.

After the construction, we asked RWE to come out to fix drainage tile issues, which they resolved right away. RWE fixed an additional drain tile that wasn’t even required, just to help make everyone happy.

Mary and John Kidwell
Sheldon, Illinois
Settlers Trail Landowners
November 14th, 2018

My husband and I have lived here for approximately 50 years. We’re part of the Settlers Trail Wind Farm, with one turbine on our 80-acre parcel. The wind farm went up in 2011, and after a while you don’t even notice them being here. When they were doing the construction, the roads are kept nice (and still are). I enjoyed watching the construction, I couldn’t believe how neat and clean it was.

I don’t even notice that the turbines are there. A lot of people said ‘Oh my gosh it’s going to change the whole land structure and everything, and it won’t be like a farm.’ But it doesn’t, it’s fine and the turbines are not that noisy. RWE has been very cooperative and nice. They tell you things ahead of time, when this is coming and that’s coming. If you have any questions or problems, the RWE guys at the substation are right there – Johnny-on-the-spot for you. They always take care of it. No fuss.