enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, and Xcel Energy have closed on the wind project purchase and sale agreement (WPPSA) for the Nobles Wind Project, a 201 MW wind facility to be constructed in Nobles County in southwest Minnesota.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the Nobles Wind Project in May 2009. The closure of the WPPSA transfers the project ownership to Northern States Power Co., an Xcel Energy operating company.
‘The spring weather allows us to step up construction efforts, generating 150 jobs in the next few months,’ says Steve Peluso, vice president of development for enXco's Midwest region.
The Nobles Wind Project, consisting of 134 GE 1.5 MW turbines, is expected to be operational by the end of the year.