BayWa r.e. has acquired all rights to the 80 MW B&H wind farm development in South Dakota and secured 43 GE 1.85-87 turbines for the project. Morrison & Foerster advised BayWa during the acquisition, and terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The project, located in Charles Mix, Bon Homme and Hutchinson counties, will sell energy to NorthWestern Energy. Construction on B&H commenced in 2013, and BayWa says it intends to achieve commercial operation of the self-funded project in 2015.
‘The U.S. is one of the core markets for BayWa r.e.'s renewable energy business. We are pleased to announce the construction of the fifth project since BayWa r.e.'s first step into the U.S. wind business three years ago," states Matthias Taft, CEO of BayWa r.e.
GE will provide operations and maintenance support through a five-year service agreement. This is the first turbine supply agreement signed between GE and the BayWa r.e. group.
"We look forward to be working with the various stakeholders of the project and establishing a relationship with GE," says Florian Zerhusen, president of wholly owned subsidiary BayWa r.e. Wind LLC.