Exergy Development Group's 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm, which will be built in south central Minnesota, will feature Gamesa's newest wind turbine model.
The G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA wind turbine is designed specifically for low-wind sites and features nacelle enhancements and a newer, more aerodynamic blade design that optimizes energy output, Gamesa says.
Exergy will install 18 Gamesa turbines on 78-meter towers at the Big Blue Wind Farm in the city of Blue Earth, located in Faribault County, Minn., which rests along the state's border with Iowa.
Construction on the project is under way. Exergy recently finished building the roads and foundations. Gamesa is handling the logistics and installation of the turbines, with nacelles, blades towers and rotors set for delivery in September.
Upon completion, the wind farm will be owned by Exergy's subsidiary, Big Blue Wind Farm LLC. Northern States Power will purchase the offtake, which is enough to power about 20,000 homes per year, according to Gamesa.
The wind farm will be completed and operational by the end of the year.