Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. ( RES Americas ), a national leader in the development and construction of wind power projects, announced the on-time completion of balance-of-plant ( BOP ) for the Harvest Wind Project. Harvest Wind, located in Klickitat County, Washington, consists of 43 Siemens 2.3 megawatt ( MW ) wind turbines and will provide 99 MW of renewable energy.
RES America Construction Inc. served as the BOP construction contractor. The project is owned by several entities including Public Utility District No. 1 of Cowlitz County, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Lakeview Green Energy, Inc. and Peninsula Light Company.
“We approach every project with the goal of finishing on schedule and within budget.” said Chris Hills, VP of Construction Projects for RES Americas. “We met both goals for Harvest Wind by working proactively and maintaining a close relationship with the project owners.”
The owners selected RES Americas as the general contractor for BOP of Harvest Wind after the company had successfully delivered BOP for a similar project in 2007, White Creek Wind. “RES [Americas] always exhibits a very strong commitment to site safety and to the protection of the project environment, coupled with a focus on quality assurance, schedule management, and permit compliance,” said Bob Young, Project Construction Manager and Owner’s Representative for Harvest Wind and White Creek Wind.
Harvest Wind will be capable of powering nearly 27,000 Washington homes and will contribute several permanent operation and maintenance jobs to Klickitat County.
RES Americas Commences Construction of Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm in Shasta County, California 101.2 MW Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm to Generate Power for Nearly 44,000 California Homes Annually
Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) announced the closing of financing and commencement of construction of its Hatchet Ridge wind project, the first large-scale wind project to begin construction this year in California. The 101.2-MW Hatchet Ridge project, developed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), will be located on a portion of Hatchet Mountain near the town of Burney in Shasta County, California. The project is expected to finish construction and reach commercial operation before the end of next year.
Hatchet Ridge will generate power equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve nearly 44,000 California homes annually. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will purchase the power, including the renewable attributes, under a 15-year power purchase agreement.
In addition to providing clean, renewable energy for Californians, Hatchet Ridge will create approximately 100 – 200 construction jobs over the next year and 6 – 8 permanent jobs during operations. There will also be an economic ripple effect in the area from the purchases of goods and services for the wind farm and increased business for service industries.
Hatchet Ridge will invest $5 million dollars in the local community over the life of the project through the Shasta County General Fund, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, and the Burney Foundation Regional Education Fund as well as pay substantial local taxes.
Pattern selected a six-bank club to provide a debt facility to fund project costs during construction, which converts to a term financing facility upon commercial operation. The lenders include: Natixis, UBOC, LBBW, Calyon, SocGen, and WestLB. RES America Construction, Inc. will construct the project, which will consist of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. The Siemens SWT-2.3-93 wind turbine is a proven technology with more than 2,000 operating worldwide and is well-regarded throughout the industry.
“We are pleased to close financing and commence construction on the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm. We are very excited about starting construction of our first project only four months after forming Pattern Energy,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. “This project is the result of years of dedication and collaboration with RES Americas, Siemens, PG&E, local government, project property-owners, and the community. We are very appreciative for the local support we received that helped make this project a reality.”
“California is one of the top states in generating wind power capacity and we are excited to continue to bring clean, renewable energy to the region and working with the local businesses in completing the project,” said Andrew Fowler, Senior Vice President of Construction of RES Americas. “Renewable energy brings economic benefits to the community and provides a secure and sustainable future for all.”
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. AnnouncesCommissioning of Two Wyoming Wind Projects Projects to produce 99 MW and 28.5 MW of emission-free, renewable energy in Albany and Carbon Counties
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a national leader in the development and construction of wind power projects, announced the commissioning of two wind projects in the State of Wyoming – High Plains and McFadden Ridge I. The projects, located in Albany and Carbon Counties, will provide a total of 127.5 megawatts (MW) of renewable resource capability to PacifiCorp. RES America Construction, Inc. served as the balance-of-plant construction contractor. PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.7 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power, is the developer, owner and operator of the projects.
The High Plains Wind Project (99 MW) consists of 66, 1.5 MW turbines. The McFadden Ridge I Wind Project (28.5 MW) consists of 19, 1.5 MW turbines.
“RES Americas is proud to contribute to the sustainable energy and economic future of Wyoming,” said Andrew Fowler, Vice President, Construction of RES Americas. “Wind and other renewable energy sources are vital components to a secure energy future, which also provide economic benefits to communities through property taxes, jobs, and other local revenues.”
For more than a decade, RES Americas has been developing, constructing, owning and operating renewable energy projects. The company employs over 200 full time professionals located throughout North America working on a project portfolio of over 12,500 MW under development. RES Americas is dedicated to securing a sustainable energy future.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. ( RES Americas ) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across the United States ( US ), Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. RES Americas has more than 4,000 MW of construction projects, which represents approximately 14% of the operating installed wind capacity in the US, and has over 12,500 MW in development. RES Americas’ corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Minneapolis, MN; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. RES Americas continues to seek new locations for wind and solar projects as well as opportunities to participate in other forms of renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is one of the fastest growing wind energy companies in the world and has been at the forefront of the wind industry since it was founded in 1982.
RES Americas has been active in North America since 1997 and during this time has either developed and/or constructed approximately 14% of the installed capacity in the United States. In Canada, RES Canada applied its respected technical & engineering know-how to help secure over 900 MW of contract awards in the Hydro-Québec tender and secured nearly 200 MW with Ontario Power Authority for two wind farm projects.