WEA contracted services to retrofit and fully commission the wind turbines, acquired in September of 2008, in order to achieve full production and commercial operation. It is expected that commissioning of the second G-52 wind turbine will be completed in Q2 of 2010.
The wind turbine has a 52 meter diameter rotor, stands 65 meters tall and is capable of generating enough power (approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours annually) to power about 200 homes. Energy produced at NSPP is to be sold to Xcel Energy. "Achieving commercial operation for this turbine demonstrates the continued progress that Wind Energy America is making toward the execution of our growth plans," said Mel Wentz, CEO of WEA.
Wind Energy America Inc. (WEA) is one of the few publicly traded companies exclusively operating and developing renewable, utility scale, wind power. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries, WEA owns developer’s interests in three wind farms on Buffalo Ridge in southwest Minnesota which contain 79 wind turbines totaling 53.46 MW.
WEA has commissioned 2.0 MW of its 4.0 MW wind farm in Osceola County, Iowa. It expects to commission the remaining 2.0 MW and its 1.6 MW project in Lincoln County, Minnesota in the next few months. WEA has two other active requests for interconnection of new wind energy generation facilities in Minnesota, in addition to Weston Wind I. The Company also continues its work assessing the feasibility of various wind power project opportunities throughout the U.S.