EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Dairyland Power Cooperative celebrated the completion of the Quilt Block Wind Farm in Darlington, Wis., on Friday.
EDPR owns and operates the 98 MW project, which is located in Lafayette County. Dairyland has a power purchase agreement in place with EDPR for the entire energy output of the wind farm, which will produce enough clean electricity to power more than 25,000 households in Dairyland’s rural four-state service area.
The Quilt Block Wind Farm, EDPR’s first operational project in Wisconsin, represents a capital investment of approximately $167 million. At the peak of construction in early June, the project employed approximately 250 people, and as an operational wind farm, it will employ 10 full-time workers.
EDPR will provide a total of approximately $23 million in land payments to participating landowners and neighbors throughout the life of the project. Through a revenue-sharing agreement with the State of Wisconsin, EDPR will also pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to Seymour Township and Lafayette County each year.
“The Quilt Block Wind Farm is a key component of Dairyland’s strategic imperative of resource diversification,” notes Barbara Nick, Dairyland’s president and CEO. “Thousands of homes in our cooperative system will be powered with safe and sustainable wind energy from Quilt Block for years to come.”
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— Dairyland Power News (@DairylandPower) November 10, 2017