Westminster, Colo.-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has announced plans to expand the recently completed 67 MW Colorado Highlands Wind project to 91 MW.
The wind farm became operational in December 2012 and is jointly owned by Littleton, Colo.-based Alliance Power Inc. and GE Energy Financial Services. Tri-State, which receives all of the project's energy under a 20-year agreement, says construction of 14 GE turbines is expected to begin in July and finish this fall.
‘Colorado Highlands Wind has been performing extremely well since being brought online late last year,’ comments Brad Nebergall, Tri-State senior vice president. ‘The original engineering and design accommodated up to 91 MW – which is the maximum that the existing transmission interconnection can support.
"So, now that the additional 14 turbines are available, we are pleased to move forward with its full build-out after Tri-State's board of directors approved the expansion at its February 2013 meeting,’ he adds.