North Carolina, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Duke Energy added to its renewable power assets this week with the announcement that it is building a new wind energy project in eastern Colorado and has closed its acquisition of a Pennsylvania wind farm.
Duke Energy will develop the 51-megawatt (MW) Kit Carson Windpower Project on approximately 6,000 acres of land under long-term lease near Burlington, Colorado. The project will be the company’s first in the state and fourth in the region.
As a result of a 20-year power purchase agreement, the project will supply clean, renewable energy to customers of the 44 electric cooperatives that comprise the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. The project is expected to enter commercial operation by the end of 2010.
The Kit Carson project will consist of 34 GE wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity. To construct the wind farm, Duke Energy will draw upon the supply of turbines it arranged to purchase from GE in September 2008.
The close of Duke Energy’s acquisition of the 70-MW North Allegheny Windpower Project in Pennsylvania brings the company its first commercial wind farm in the eastern U.S. Duke Energy purchased the project from wind turbine manufacturer and project developer Gamesa Energy USA.
The North Allegheny project consists of 35 Gamesa wind turbines, each capable of producing two megawatts of electricity and final commissioning is under way. With the acquisition comes a 23.5-year power purchase agreement to sell all of the output from the wind project and associated renewable energy credits to FirstEnergy.