OG&E has completed the purchase of all of the project development assets needed to begin construction of the Crossroads wind farm in northwestern Oklahoma, triggering a turbine-supply agreement with Siemens and enabling Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) to begin construction later this month.
The $451 million project, approved in July by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, will add 227.5 MW of renewable generating capacity to the OG&E fleet. The project consists of 95 2.3 MW Siemens turbines, plus three 3 MW, direct-drive turbines. For Siemens, Crossroads is the company's third project with OG&E.
Upon completion of the wind farm in the second half of 2011, Crossroads will bring OG&E's wind capability to 780 MW, which will amount to approximately 10% of the company's total generating capacity.
The Crossroads wind farm will be built in Dewey County and will connect with OG&E's new Windspeed transmission line, energized earlier this year to deliver wind power to Oklahoma City and across OG&E's 30,000-square-mile electric service area.
The development of the Crossroads Wind Project site began nearly three years ago. The project includes over 100 landowners and was initially undertaken by Arrowhead Wind Energy, an Oklahoma-based wind energy development firm. RES Americas has assumed responsibility for the completion of all development activities.