On Monday, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials were joined by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and state and community leaders to dedicate the 75 MW Broken Bow II wind farm.
Located in Custer County, Neb., the new wind facility was placed into commercial operation on Oct. 1 and features 43 GE turbines. The project's output has been sold to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) under a 25-year contract.
‘The completion of Broken Bow II further positions the state of Nebraska as a renewable energy leader,’ said Gov. Heineman. ‘Wind projects like this one provide Nebraskans with clean energy, they represent job creation, and they are new sources of revenue for local landowners and businesses.’
Pat Pope, president and CEO of the NPPD, noted, ‘The commercial operation of the Broken Bow II wind farm brings Nebraska Public Power District to within 22 MW of meeting our voluntary renewable energy goal to obtain 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020."
Construction on the new wind farm began in January. According to Sempra, the project provided a boost to the local economy by creating more than 300 jobs during peak construction.
‘We are pleased to provide a new source of clean power to the region as our company continues to invest in the development, construction and operation of renewable energy infrastructure,’ said Kevin C. Sagara, vice president of renewables for Sempra U.S. Gas & Power.
The completion of Broken Bow II expands Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's operating wind portfolio, including jointly owned projects, to more than 1.1 GW.