BP Alternative Energy North America Inc., a wind project developer under BP PLC, has announced that it expects to begin construction on five wind power projects in the U.S. in 2007.
According to BP Alternative Energy, the projects are expected to deliver a combined capacity of approximately 550 MW. Construction is currently underway on the 300 MW Cedar Creek project in Weld County, Colo., a development venture between BP Alternative Energy and Babcock & Brown. The 274 turbines that the project calls for will be erected on a 32,000-acre site. According to Governor Bill Ritter, D-Colo., who supports the wind farm, it will create up to 250 jobs and has the capacity to power 120,000 homes.
The remaining projects include a 65 MW wind farm in North Dakota, a 60 MW joint project with Clipper Windpower in central Texas, a 100 MW project in western Texas, and the Yaponcha wind power project in California. The Yaponcha project consists of repowering an existing wind energy facility in San Gorgonio Pass – the company expects the facility to have a capacity of 20 MW.
‘Our 2007 build program surpasses our target and does so a year ahead of schedule,’ says Robert Lukefahr, president of BP Alternative Energy. ‘It is a testament to the caliber of people working in our business and the opportunities in the U.S. wind sector.’
BP Alternative Energy adds that it plans to deploy 150 MW of Clipper Liberty wind turbines in the projects as part of the supply and joint development agreement it entered into in 2006 with Clipper Windpower.