The development of wind energy in northwest Iowa will expand with the formation of Red Rock Wind Energy LLC, a community-owned wind farm development company. Red Rock Wind Energy, with its project manager, National Wind of Minneapolis, plans to develop up to 300 MW of wind energy in Emmet and Dickinson counties, Iowa, within the next three to five to years.
Many of the investors in Red Rock, including National Wind, are also developing the 200 MW community wind project -NorthStar Wind Farm – also located in Emmet and Dickinson counties. The NorthStar Wind Farm is slated for construction in late 2009.
Red Rock Wind Energy has formed a management board that consists of the following local founders: Alan Blum, Stacy Olson, Deb Olson and Richard Bockman.
‘We have learned a tremendous amount by developing the NorthStar Wind Farm and look forward to bringing that experience to Red Rock Wind Energy’ says Blum.
The project's site-control specialists have leased over one-third of the acres needed for its construction. National Wind Assessments, the wind analysis division of National Wind, has installed a meteorological tower in Emmet County to collect wind data in the area for a minimum of one year. Meteorological tower data from the NorthStar Wind Farm will also be utilized.
SOURCE: Red Rock Wind Energy LLC