The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) has signed a 41.1 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind generation from Grant Plains Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy, an independent renewable energy company focused on building utility-scale generation facilities.
The Grant Plains Wind project, located in Grant County, Okla., will produce about 150 MW of electricity – enough to help power approximately 56,000 homes. Grant Plains Wind is expected to come online in 2016.
"The addition of this 41.4 MW of wind-generated power allows OMPA to continue to grow our renewable energy portfolio for our 42 member cities across Oklahoma," states David Osburn, general manager of OMPA. "The Apex Clean Energy power purchase agreement gives OMPA the opportunity to increase our wind power portfolio from 100.2 MW to 141.6 MW in 2020 for our approximately 800 MW system."
Mark Goodwin, president of Apex, adds, "Through this transaction, OMPA will be saving its customers money while supporting important economic development in rural, northeastern Oklahoma. Just like its neighboring Grant Wind project to the east, Grant Plains Wind will create hundreds of new construction jobs, foster a new round of economic activity in Grant County, and generate millions in property taxes for the county and local school districts."