California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] enXco Service Corporation has started providing full operations and maintenance services under a multi-year Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Agreement with Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. The services include scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and constant remote monitoring for two wind energy projects located 40 miles apart in Dickinson and Kossuth counties of northwest Iowa.
Each site consists of seven, 1.5-megawatt GE turbines, for a total capacity of 21 megawatts. The two wind farms, strategically located to provide power to adjoining ethanol plants, can generate more than 71 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. The cooperative wind projects are locally-owned by approximately 9,000 citizens in northwest Iowa.
“These are the first cooperative-owned, community-based wind projects that enXco Service Corp will provide services to through an O&M Agreement. The projects are further unique as they provide power to ethanol plants located nearby,” said Dave Luck, director of business development for enXco Service Corp. “The O&M services will be provided by the extensive resources we have in the region, with remote monitoring from our Operations & Control Center (OCC) located in Chandler, Minnesota.”