NextEra breaks ground on 110-MW wind farm in Minnesota

NextEra Energy Resources opened the 110-MW Walleye Wind Energy Center in Minnesota, in June 2022. (Courtesy: NextEra)

NextEra Energy Resources broke ground in Minnesota on a 110 MW windfarm.

The Walleye Wind Energy Center, Rock County, will feature 40 GE Wind Turbines.

The project is expected to start operations in 2022, subject approval from the state and local governments.

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NextEra announced that the Walleye Wind Energy Center would create between 150 and 185 jobs in construction and 3-4 full time jobs to maintain and run the project.

Rock County landowners are expected to receive $34 million in estimated payments over the first 30 year of the project. Meanwhile, the county is expected to receive an additional $18 million in revenue.

The project plan was approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in August 2021.

Under a power purchase arrangement, the Municipal Power Agency will purchase the electricity generated from the windfarm for 30 years.