Wind Power On The Cheap In Colorado

Perhaps EarthTechling needs to open a satellite office in Colorado. Why you ask? Because that state has been on a tear of late when it comes to cleantech business. One of the latest in this area is via word earlier this week of plans for a new large wind farm in that state’s Lincoln and Elbert counties near Limon.

The Limon Wind Energy Center, when complete by late 2012, will consist of 125 wind turbines and related equipment plus approximately 40 miles of transmission lines to connect to the electrical grid at the Missile Site Substation. The 200 megawatt capacity wind power project looks to be all locked up into one buyer, as Xcel Energy apparently plans to buy all of it via a contract with NextEra Energy Resources.

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NextEra Energy Resources was the successful bidder in a wind-energy solicitation reissued by Xcel Energy earlier this year, which had originally been a part of the company’s 2007 Colorado Resource Plan. The reissued bid came after Xcel saw a chance to have “significant savings to customers, due to a slower period in the wind-energy markets and a surplus of turbines nationwide.”

The project will employ up to 250 workers at peak construction and gives Xcel in Colorado a total of 1,943 megawatts of wind generation on its system. It will take up around 35,000 acres once fully built.

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