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Some more wind project news — 5 big project announcements:

1. 165.6-MW wind farm for Kansas.

“CPV Renewable Energy Company (CPV Renewable Energy) announced that it closed financing for the construction of its 165.6 MW Cimarron Wind Energy Project in Gray County, Kansas. The company began construction of the renewable energy facility in early December 2011 and expects that the Cimarron project will achieve commercial operation in November 2012,” CPV Renewable Energy reports.

“The project’s 72 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines will supply Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers with renewable energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement. CPV Renewable Energy was awarded the power purchase agreement as part of TVA’s 2009 Request for Proposals for renewable generation.  The project is managed by a CPV affiliate, is being constructed by Wanzak Construction, a MasTec Company, and will be operated by North American Energy Services.”

2. 34.5-MW wind farm for Chile.

“Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has purchased 23 of Goldwind’s GW87 1.5 MW wind turbines ahead of constructing its first wind farm in Chile in Q2 2012. The34.5MW Negrete Cuel Wind Farm is located in central Chile and will be the country’s sixth utility-scale wind farm,” Goldwind reports. “The wind farm, which is 100% owned by Mainstream, is expected to be the first non-recourse financing from the China Development Bank to benefit a wind project fully owned by a Western buyer.”

3. Two wind farms totaling 42 MW in Spain.

“Gamesa has reached an agrement with Gas Natural to sell two wind farms in Lugo and Tarragona, with combined capacity totalling 42 MW,” Gamesa reports. “The Alto do Seixal (30 MW) wind farm near Lugo -which has been sold today- consists of six Gamesa G80-2.0 MW turbines and nine G87-2.0 MW turbines. The wind farm is in operation.”

“The Les Forques II (12 MW) wind farm outside Tarragona will be equipped with six G90-2.0 MW turbines and is scheduled to begin commercial operations in the second quarter of 2012. The sale of this asset is subject to approval by regulators.”

4. Two wind farms totaling 152 MW in Idaho & Minnesota.

“Exergy Development Group, one of the largest independent renewable energy companies in the USA, commenced construction in November and December on 152 MW of wind parks to be installed across Idaho and Minnesota. With Exergy’s deployment of their 400 MW Texas project in 2012, this shall bring Exergy’s total built wind park capacity to 761 MW in the USA,” Exergy reports.

“In Idaho, Exergy is installing 116 MW across Twin Falls, Lincoln and Bingham counties. The remaining 36 MW are being installed in Faribault County, Minnesota.  The 152 MW produced by these projects will produce the annual energy equivalent of approximately 40,500 residential homes.”

5. 90-MW wind farm in Michigan.

“Exelon Wind’s Michigan Wind 2 Project, located in Minden City, Mich., has completed construction and has entered into commercial operation.  The 50 turbine, 90 megawatt (MW) wind project is the first commercial wind project developed by Exelon Wind,” Exelon reports.

“‘We’re excited to bring Michigan Wind 2 online,’ said David Drescher, Vice President Wind Energy for Exelon Power. ‘The clean generation from this project  will help Michigan meet its renewable energy goals, it will provide clean energy for over 30,000 homes and brings significant economic benefits to the local community,’ added Drescher.  Over the first 20 years, Michigan Wind 2 will generate over $12 million of revenue to the area through local tax payments.”

“The completion of Michigan Wind 2 brings Exelon Wind’s total generation in Michigan to 212 MWs, maintaining Exelon Wind as the largest wind operator in the state by MWs generated.”

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