Construction Begins On South Dakota Wind Project

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The Crow Lake Wind Project has received a record of decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service. As a result, construction has begun on the $363 million project, located in South Dakota.

The project will consist of 108 turbines located throughout Aurora, Brule and Jerauld counties. PrairieWinds SD I Inc., a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, will own and operate 101 turbines. Turbine 101 will be used by Mitchell Technical Institute, which recently received an Economic Development Administration grant of $1.167 million to purchase the turbine.

The other seven turbines will be owned by South Dakota Wind Partners. PrairieWinds will construct the seven turbines for the Wind Partners and operate them. Through PrairieWinds, Basin Electric will purchase the electricity produced from those turbines.

The Crow Lake Wind Project is expected to be completed in early 2011 and have a generating capacity of 151.5 MW; the Wind Partners project will have a capacity of 10.5 MW.

SOURCE: Basin Electric Power Cooperative

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