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.
Subscribe TodayTo the all-new Factor This! Renewable Energy World Podcast. This podcast is specifically designed for the solar industry. Everywhere you get your podcasts.
Listen to the latest episode on President Biden’s lifeline for the solar industry. Hear from industry leaders such as Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association, and Sheldon Kimber, CEO of Intersect Power. The complete four-part series about the Auxin Solar tariff petition can be accessed now.
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.