The Coyote Ridge site consists of 39 GE wind turbines with a combined capacity of 97 megawatts.
Avangrid Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), today announced the sale of the ownership interest in the Coyote Ridge Wind Farm, now under construction in Brookings County, South Dakota, to WEC Energy Group of Milwaukee. Under the terms of the transaction, which closed in December, 2018, WEC Energy Group acquired an 80 percent ownership interest in the project and substantially all of the tax benefits for $145 million.
Working with a trusted partner like WEC Energy Group aligns with our strategy to maximize the value of our robust renewables pipeline, said Laura Beane, president and CEO of Avangrid Renewables. This opportunity enables us to work together to drive economic development and deliver clean energy solutions to meet market demand.
Avangrid Renewables is building the wind farm, and will provide operations and maintenance services when it reaches commercial operation, which is expected before the end of the year. The wind farm will feature 39 GE wind turbines for a total capacity of 97 megawatts, and has a long-term offtake agreement with Google Energy LLC for 100 percent of the energy produced. Avangrid Renewables anticipates that the project will contribute more than $20 million over its lifetime in combined land lease payments to local landowners and local and state tax payments.
AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with $32 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.s Sustainable Development Goals, received a Climate Development Project climate score of A-, the top score received in the utilities sector, and was awarded the Compliance Leader Verification by Ethisphere, a prestigious third party verification of its ethics and compliance program.