PPM breaks ground on MinnDakota wind farm for Xcel Energy
PPM Energy and Xcel Energy announced the start of construction of the 150-megawatt (MW) MinnDakota Wind Power Project, which will span Brookings County on the border of South Dakota and Lincoln county in Minnesota with approximately 50 MW located in South Dakota and 100 MW in Minnesota. The 50 MW in South Dakota will be the largest installation of wind power in South Dakota.
The project will use 100 GE 1.5 MW turbines and interconnect at Xcel's newly approved substation. In the past, transmission has made it difficult to get power from the wind to cities and other electrical loads. Xcel Energy's recent and ongoing transmission upgrades in the upper Midwest have helped make MinnDakota and similar future wind projects possible.
While the project spans approximately 15,000 acres owned by 70 landowners, the actual footprint of the turbines uses less than two percent of the total acreage. The remainder continues to be used for growing corn and soybeans and grazing cattle. The project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction. In addition to the creation of 10-12 full-time jobs in the community, the project initially is expected to provide several hundred thousand dollars a year in property tax revenues annually.
Raimund Grube, PPM Energy's managing director of development in the Mid-Continent thanks Xcel Energy and its customers, applauds Governor Rounds and the South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners for their vision in laying the groundwork, and thanks the South Dakota and Minnesota Congressional delegations for their help that enabled the MinnDakota project to receive recent FAA approval.
Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.
This information was last updated on September 21, 2006