in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Babcock & Brown, a wind energy developer and operator, has a completed the financing of its Wessington Springs Wind Project, located near the town of Wessington Springs, S.D. Construction has begun on the wind farm, which is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of the year.

The Wessington Springs Wind Project, with 34 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines, will have a total production capacity of 51 MW. The power produced at the wind farm, which will connect to the Western Area Power Administration transmission system, will be purchased by Heartland Consumers Power District through a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction work on the project is being done by Wanzek Construction, based in Fargo, N.D.

"The start of construction at Wessington Springs Wind Project marks a major milestone in a development process that started from scratch three years ago," says John Calaway, chief development officer for Babcock & Brown's North American wind energy group. "We look forward to harnessing the wind of South Dakota to produce clean and renewable energy when Wessington Springs begins operating later this year."

SOURCE: Babcock & Brown



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015