ACCIONA Launches 180 MW Tatanka Wind Farm
ACCIONA Energy, today
announced the launch of its 180 MW Tatanka Wind Farm, located in Dickey County
and McIntosh County, North Dakota, and McPherson County, South Dakota. This
significant renewable energy project is the largest wind farm in North and
South Dakota and will generate enough clean energy to power more than 60,000
U.S. homes. The plant went online July 25, 2008.
Tatanka Wind Farm is the first installation of ACCIONA's 1.5 MW turbines
in the United States. Construction of the $381 million project began in April
2007 and financing for the project was achieved through equity partnerships
with GE Energy Financial Services and Wachovia Investment Holdings LLC.
"ACCIONA's Tatanka Wind Farm is representative of yet another step in
harnessing the abundant wind energy reserves available in America's rural
Midwest. This land and its pioneering population, long known for providing
crops and livestock to feed a country, now meet an urgent and monumental
American need - energy independence. We're so proud and grateful to partner
with the people of North and South Dakota on this project," said Peter Duprey,
CEO, ACCIONA Energy North America. "Harnessing a plentiful domestic energy
resource like wind to generate electricity provides this country with
sustainable and clean energy choices beyond costly natural gas and
carbon-emitting coal. The utilization of ACCIONA's proven wind turbine
technology at the Tatanka Wind Farm is an important milestone in the company's
commitment to reducing the world's CO2 emissions by 220 million tons in the
next 23 years."
The Tatanka Wind Farm is comprised of 120 wind turbines with 59 turbines
located in South Dakota and 61 turbines in North Dakota. The electricity
generated at the Tatanka Wind Farm is sold into the Midwest Independent
Transmission System Operator (MISO), which delivers electric power to a very
large region of the upper mid-western United States and Canada.
The Tatanka Wind Farm created 21 new permanent jobs in North and South
Dakota and more than 250 people were employed during construction.
Additionally, the Tatanka Wind Farm will provide increased revenues for nearby
North and South Dakota communities through investments in local
infrastructure, lease arrangements with local landowners, and tax revenues
paid to Dickey County, North Dakota and McPherson County, South Dakota.
The Tatanka facility is spread across 14,080 rural acres. With the
exception of the small footprint made by the 120 turbines, at about 1 acre
each, land use is dominated by cattle grazing and crop cultivation, which
coexist with the wind energy production. Wind conditions in the Tatanka
region are optimal for wind energy generation, however, the size of the
Tatanka Wind Farm is limited by regional transmission capacity. ACCIONA
hopeful that the current national energy policy debates will result in
improved transmission capabilities across the United States, allowing
Tatanka's full wind energy potential to be realized with further expansion.
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