Invenergy Wind begins construction on the Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center, with a planned commercial operation date for the fourth quarter of 2004. The project will consist of 15, 1.8 MW Vestas wind turbine generators to be located on a ridge called Buffalo Mountain in Anderson County, Tennessee.Chicago, Illinois – June 7, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] It’s worth noting that due to an expired federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), most wind power companies are holding off from construction of new wind power project until the PTC is reinstated. There is a chance, but no certainty that the PTC will be reactivated by then. Vestas Americas of Portland, Oregon will supply and install the wind turbine generators for the project. These machines will join three Vestas V47 wind turbine generators that are currently operating on the ridge. “It’s wonderful that we can help communities and companies develop clean and sustainable power generation in places previously thought unattainable,” President of Vestas Americas Tom Carbone said. Energy produced by the 27 MW project will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) under a 20-year power purchase agreement. In turn, TVA will utilize the energy to supply its highly successful Green Power Switch program. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.5 million consumers in seven southeastern states. “We are pleased to give the people of the Tennessee Valley the choice to buy electricity generated from renewable energy sources and make green power available to more residential, business and industrial customers,” TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough, Jr. said. Invenergy’s portfolio of wind energy projects under development spans from coast to coast in the United States and Canada, and features projects ranging in size from 25 MW to 300 MW. The balance of plant engineering and construction is being performed by Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee.