Invenergy has started commercial operation of the final phase of its Spring Canyon Expansion Wind Energy Center.
The 60 MW Spring Canyon Expansion features 35 GE 1.7-100 wind turbines and is located in Logan County, Colo. The site is near Invenergy's original Spring Canyon Energy facility, a 60 MW wind farm in operation since 2006.
"This is an important milestone for Invenergy as we expand our operating wind portfolio in Colorado and continue to invest in the state's economy," says Jim Shield, Invenergy's chief development officer. "Through job creation and increased tax revenue, Spring Canyon Expansion is a win-win for the local area, and we thank our host community for its continued support."
The Platte River Power Authority will purchase all of the energy produced at Spring Canyon Expansion. That's equivalent to the average energy used by about 28,000 homes in Platte River's owner municipalities – Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colo. Beginning in 2015, roughly 30% of the power consumed annually in the four municipalities will come from carbon-free resources (19% hydropower and 11% wind).
"We are delighted to begin receiving energy from this great new resource,’ says Jackie Sargent, Platte River's general manager and CEO. "As the latest demonstration of our commitment to diversify our generation resource portfolio, the purchase from Spring Canyon will triple the amount of wind energy we supply to the utilities of our owner municipalities.’
Construction on Spring Canyon Expansion began late last year. Wanzek Construction served as the general contractor, and ECI performed engineering services.
To learn more about Invenergy's Spring Canyon complex, check out the Project Profile in the December issue of NAW by clicking here.