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Blade-signing event held for construction of 242-MW wind farm in Missouri

A celebration and blade-signing event took place this week for the 242-MW Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a wind farm being built north of Maryville, Mo.

Tenaska says this wind farm will contain 111 turbines, supplied by Vestas. Construction began earlier this year, and all turbines should be installed by the end of 2019, Tenaska says. Electricity produced will be supplied to the Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., which provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives that serve 910,000 members.

“We selected Tenaska’s Clear Creek project because of its value to our overall portfolio of generation assets and location adjacent to our transmission system,” said David J. Tudor, Associated’s chief executive officer and general manager. “This project will add to Associated’s existing 750 megawatts of wind resources under long-term power purchase agreements.”

Vestas also will provide maintenance services for the project. Mortenson is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.

The Tenaska Clear Creek project will create more than 300 jobs at peak construction and up to 15 full-time jobs when operational. The project is also anticipated to result in increased tax revenue of more than $1.2 million annually to local units of government.

Tenaska has developed more than 10,000 MW of natural gas-fueled and renewable power generation across the U.S. In addition to Tenaska Clear Creek, the Tenaska-developed 260-MW Nobles 2 Power Partners wind farm in southwest Minnesota is under construction, with anticipated operation by the end of 2020.