Mortenson Construction has been selected to build the 170 MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Iowa for MidAmerican Energy Co.
The project represents Mortenson’s 13th wind farm for the utility. Beaver Creek, being constructed across Greene and Boone counties near the town of Grand Junction, will have 85 V110 turbines from Vestas, which is delivering them this month. The turbines are expected to be in service in December.
The Beaver Creek wind farm is part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI expansion, which is adding 2 GW of wind generation capacity in Iowa. The Beaver Creek wind farm is also expected to create 150 temporary construction jobs, Mortenson says.
Mortenson, which says it has built 55% of all the wind power in Iowa, will now be a part of the largest economic development investment in the state’s history, the company notes.
“We are pleased to be part of Iowa’s leadership in wind energy. It was in Iowa where we entered the wind energy market in 1995 by erecting our first turbine near Adair,” says Tim Maag, vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s wind energy group.