The Big Blue wind farm in the town of Blue Earth, Minnesota will receive Gamesa’s newest wind turbine.
Gamesa will provide the wind farm with 18 G97-2.0MW turbines, which are geared for low-wind sites, according to the company’s statement.
The new wind turbines will allow for the greatest energy output in that location, thanks to a better aerodynamic blade design and nacelle improvements, Gamesa said.
Exergy Development Group will help to install the 18 turbines.
Meanwhile, Big Blue Wind Farm LLC, an Exergy subsidiary, will own the wind farm. Northern States Power will buy the offtake, and the wind farm will provide power to approximately 20,000 homes per year, the company said.
The new wind project, as part of Faribault County’s first commercial wind farm, will add 60 new local jobs, while enhancing Minnesota’s reputation as a top state in wind capacity. Currently, the gopher state is sixth overall in wind capacity in the United States.
“This is a new collaboration that brings Gamesa’s innovative wind turbine technology into Exergy’s expanding renewable energy development portfolio, and it enables us to showcase a new turbine model that can increase the potential for wind development across the United States,” David Rosenberg, Vice President of Marketing for Gamesa North America said in a statement.
Exergy’s Dustin Shively, Lead Project Engineer on the Big Blue Project had this to say about the wind farm:
“The G97 is a very efficient turbine and perfect for this site. We are excited to be working with Gamesa and look forward to having the turbines installed and fulfilling our mission to provide wind energy to the Blue Earth community.”
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