San Francisco, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Babcock & Brown announced that financing has been completed and construction has started at its Wessington Springs Wind Project, located near the town of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Construction has begun on the wind farm, which is expected to begin commercial operations by the end of the year. The Wessington Springs Wind Project will have a total production capacity of 51 megawatts (MW).
The power produced at the wind farm, which will connect to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) transmission system, will be purchased by Heartland Consumers Power District through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Construction work on the project is being done by Wanzek Construction, based in Fargo, North Dakota.
“The start of construction at Wessington Springs Wind Project marks a major milestone in a development process that started from scratch three years ago,” said John Calaway, chief development officer for Babcock & Brown’s North American wind energy group. “We look forward to harnessing the wind of South Dakota to produce clean and renewable energy when Wessington Springs Wind Farm begins operating later this year.”