Edison Mission Group (EMG), parent company of project operator Edison Mission Energy, has dedicated the Community Wind North Project in Minnesota. Power from the project is being sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement to Xcel Energy's Northern States Power Co.
Southwest Wind Consulting LLC, the Community Energy Developers Board and Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp. jointly developed the project, which has benefited from more than $3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants.
The project, located along Minnesota's Buffalo Ridge, uses 12 2.5 MW Clipper wind turbines.
EMG invested $58 million to build the project, which, the company says created 120 jobs and injected an estimated $15 million into the local economy during construction. The project also will benefit the local and state economies through about $28 million in taxes and fees paid over the next 20 years, EMG adds.