Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. has closed on the purchase of certain development assets from EDF Renewables Development Inc.
In turn, construction can now commence on a 150 MW wind farm in southeastern North Dakota. First announced in November 2016, the Merricourt wind farm will be situated near the small town of Merricourt, located approximately 15 miles south of Edgeley in McIntosh and Dickey counties.
An affiliate of EDF and its contractors are expected to begin construction in August, with completion anticipated in 2020.
Otter Tail estimates the project will cost approximately $270 million. The facility is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 65,000 homes.
“We project that by 2021, our customers will receive approximately 30 percent of their energy from renewable resources we own or secure through power purchase agreements,” says Tim Rogelstad, president of Otter Tail Power Co. “The Merricourt wind farm will be the largest capital project in our company’s history.”
Otter Tail Power Co., a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp., provides electricity and energy services to approximately 230,000 people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.