- Issue: Spring 2018
- Photographer: Eric Kruszewski
Saddle maker Charles Barfknecht and his wife and business partner Jane have a wind turbine on their land in Muenster, Texas. It’s one of more than 52 scattered across the landscape. For the couple, lease payments on the land the turbine occupies provide financial support: Charles, a retired fire chief, has been able to buy hearing aids; Jane plans to trade in her 19-year-old pickup truck. The wind farm is helping the town bring in new resources through taxes—so far, a new respiratory program for the hospital, new buses for the school district, and new computers for the schools. And since Procter & Gamble buys nearly 80% of the electricity produced in Muenster to power P&G plants in the US and Canada, the turbines have an impact far beyond the town. In Muenster, the clean energy revolution is well under way.