Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., and NaturEner company officials recently dedicated the second phase of the 103.5 MW Glacier Wind Farm. Combined with Phase I, the Glacier project has a total capacity of 210 MW.
NaturEner USA began construction of the Glacier Wind Farm in 2008 near Shelby, Mont. The developer is planning to build another large wind farm in the state – a deal cemented during the governor's trip to Spain in September.
The Rim Rock project is about 25 miles north of the Glacier project. Rim Rock, with an investment of $800 million, will include an additional 206 turbines, representing 309 MW.
Construction of this project will coincide with that of the Montana Alberta Tie transmission line.
The Glacier Wind Farm created more than 350 construction jobs. It is estimated that the Rim Rock project will create more than 500 construction jobs, according to the governor.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Brian Schweitzer