Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas says it has received notice to proceed for construction on the Border Winds Project, located in Roulette County, N.D. The Broomfield, Colo.-based provider is the developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of the project, located near the Canadian border.
According to RES, the 150 MW Border Winds Project comprises 75 V100-2.0 MW Vestas turbines. The project, which will employ up to 300 workers during peak construction, is expected to come online in October 2015.
Upon completion, RES – which purchased the partially developed project from Sequoia Energy in August 2013 – will transfer ownership to Xcel Energy.
Xcel Energy estimates that Border Winds will reduce customer costs by approximately $45 million over the project's life and avoid approximately 320,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. RES expects that the cost of energy generated by the project will be competitive with or below wholesale power prices in the region.