enXco Opens 100-MW Grand Meadow Project

enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, and Xcel Energy announced that all 67 of the GE 1.5 turbines in the 100.5-megawatt (MW) Grand Meadow Wind Project were been commissioned as of December 31, 2008.

The project, developed by enXco Development Corporation and owned by Xcel Energy, was started in June 2007 and construction began in May 2008. enXco Service Corporation will provide operations and maintenance for the turbines and balance of plant equipment, as well as provide 24/7 remote monitoring and fault resets from their Operations Control Center in Chandler, Minnesota.

“The Grand Meadow Wind Project builds on our long-term relationship of 334 MW of previously developed wind projects under power purchase agreements, including the 205.5 Fenton Wind Project completed in 2007,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of enXco. “The working relationship enXco has with Xcel Energy is outstanding and evidenced by the additional 351 MW we agreed to develop, build and sell to Xcel Energy during 2010 and 2011. Grand Meadow represents the first wind project built for Xcel Energy under a develop, build and sell agreement.”

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