BP Wind Energy is mobilizing the construction site for the Cedar Creek II wind farm in Weld County, Colo. The project will have a generating capacity of 250.8 MW and, upon completion, will be one of the largest wind facilities in the state of Colorado.
The Cedar Creek II wind farm will be located on a 30,000-acre site, about 20 miles north of New Raymer and east of the existing 300.5 MW Cedar Creek I wind farm. The project will feature 63 GE 1.6 MW sle wind turbines and 60 Nordex wind turbines each with a rated capacity of 2.5 MW.
The project will employ about 250 workers during peak construction and is expected to be in commercial operation in the first half of 2011. The construction contract has been awarded to Blattner Energy.
Power from the Cedar Creek II wind farm has been sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo), an Xcel Energy company.
The electrical output generated from the project will reach the grid through approximately 20 miles of new overhead transmission lines, which will tie into the existing Cedar Creek I wind farm's transmission line that interconnects with PSCo.
SOURCE: BP Wind Energy