Juhl Wind Inc. and development partner Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., the North American subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SEL), have successfully completed the sale of a community-based 20 MW wind power project. The Grant County wind farm in southwestern Minnesota consists of 10 Suzlon S88 2.1 MW wind turbines.
Olympus Power LLC acquired the project, which is featured as a Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) project and is owned in partnership with local farmers.
The project is interconnected with Otter Tail Power Co., and the Northern States Power (NSP) subsidiary of Xcel Energy is purchasing the energy under terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement. The Grant County wind farm will join other renewable energy projects on the Otter Tail grid, and NSP will offer the electricity to its service territory spread across the northern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Grant County wind farm has been operational since March 2010 and has performed extremely well, with total wind farm availability numbers exceeding 98%, according to Juhl Wind.
SOURCE: Juhl Wind Inc.