The 400 MW facility, located about 90 miles southeast of Denver, comprises two 200 MW projects that are spread across more than 55,000 acres in Colorado's Arapahoe, Elbert and Lincoln counties.
Each project consists of 125 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines. In addition to the wind farms, an approximately 45-mile-long, 345 kV transmission line was built to interconnect the wind farms to the Missile Site substation in Arapahoe County.
The projects are owned and will be operated by affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources. All of the power from both projects is being sold to Xcel Energy under long-term contracts.
"Wind energy harnessed in Colorado and across the country has to be part of any true all-of-the-above strategy that moves us closer to energy independence," said U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. "That is why we should extend the production tax credit to promote wind energy that leads to private-sector investment like this one, new manufacturing jobs and a clean source of domestic energy.”