Project Development, Wind Power

New Wind Energy Investment Announced In Michigan

John Deere Renewables has announced that it will invest in renewable energy in Michigan. The company has acquired the Noble Thumb Windpark (NTW) in Huron County from Noble Environmental Power.

The project includes 46 GE SLE wind turbines and will have a total generating capacity of 69 megawatts. Phase one of wind turbine construction is currently underway and completion is expected by the end of 2008. John Deere said that an additional phase of the project may be developed in the future. Located near Ubly, Michigan the project was made possible in part by Michigan’s recently enacted renewable energy legislation.

“With the recent passing of a renewable portfolio standard, Michigan has created a favorable investment environment for renewable energy and John Deere plans to be a leader in helping Michigan meet its future energy needs,” said David Drescher, vice president of John Deere Wind Energy.

Noble had first announced that the project was going to move forward in September of 2007 and RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported that construction of the project began in July of this year.