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Published on March 6th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


304-MW Blue Creek Wind Farm Completed

March 6th, 2012 by  


If you’re not familiar with energy metrics, 304 MW is huge (the largest solar energy plant in the world is 354 MW, and the second-largest is 150 MW). So, news that Iberdrola has just finished construction of a 304-MW wind farm in Ohio is,.. well,.. big!

Here are some details on the project:

  • it includes 152 Gamesa G90 (2-MW) turbines;
  • Blue Creek is situated in 6 townships in Van Wert and Paulding Counties;
  • 20 people will have permanent jobs maintaining and operating the wind farm, while 500 local construction workers were employed full-time at the height of construction;
  • FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has signed a power purchase agreement for 100 MW of the power production of the wind farm over the course of 20 years.

Source: Iberdrola | Blue Creek Wind Farm Image: Iberdrola on flickr

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  • Bill_Woods

    It is an odd, and ambiguous, statement.

    Is FirstEnergy purchasing
    A) all the power, which they’re estimating to be about 880 GW-h per year — i.e. an average power of about 100 MW?
    B) a third of the power?
    C) all the power, up to a maximum of 100 MW?

    Google didn’t find mention of any other PPAs, so it’s probably (A).

  • johnh

    Would you please explain what you mean by the statement that 100MW have been purchased. Electricity is purchased as kWh or Mega-Wh. How much power is the project supposed to generate over the 20 years?

    • from the Iberdrola page: ” In February 2011, IBERDROLA signed a power purchase agreement with the US firm FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., for 100 MWs of the total output of the project over the next 20 years. “

    • Iberdrola show 204.5 MW X capacity factor of sold energy to Ohio State University, First Energy and AEP, leaving 99.5 MW X capacity factor available to sell into energy markets, according to Iberdrola’s fact sheet here:

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