Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corp.’s Bloom Wind project has officially begun commercial operations in Kansas.
The construction of the 178 MW facility was completed ahead of schedule, and construction costs were below budget, the company says.
The wind farm, comprising 54 Vestas V117 3.3-MW turbines, is situated on 15,000 acres of privately owned lands located approximately 20 miles south of Dodge City in Ford and Clark counties.
“The completion of Bloom Wind is a significant milestone for Capital Power as it is our first wind development project in the United States,” points out Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO of Capital Power. “We expect this to be the first of many U.S. wind development projects to reach completion.”
Bloom Wind was developed using a 10-year proxy revenue swap agreement with Allianz Risk Transfer, a subsidiary of Allianz SE. In November, Microsoft became the first buyer to participate in this structure by acquiring the environmental attributes connected to Bloom Wind from ART for a 10- year period.