EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) has initiated its first North America repowering construction proceedings at the Blue Canyon II Wind Farm in Oklahoma. The repowering of Blue Canyon II, which is located in Caddo and Kiowa counties and is part of a four-phase project, ensures significant economic benefits and affordable energy will continue with the project.
EDPR NA anticipates the repowering operation will create an annual increase of more than 30 percent in power production and will extend the project’s life an additional 20 to 30 years beyond the 15-plus years it has already been in operation.
The repowering of the turbines is slated to start in June and will last throughout the summer. Seventy-three of Blue Canyon II’s 84 turbines will be repowered, replacing the nacelles, blades, and the top tower section of each turbine. The turbines will be upgraded from V80 1.8 megawatt (MW) machines to V110 2 MW machines, increasing the nameplate generating capacity of the wind farm from 151.2 MW to 164 MW.
Repowering is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.
“Our first North American repowering at Blue Canyon II represents a significant step forward to renewing EDP Renewables’ drive for delivering affordable, clean power through cutting-edge technology and efficiency,” said Kris Cheney, Executive Vice President – Central & Western Regions and Environmental Affairs. “EDPR NA’s repowering process is a critical component to reaching the highest level of efficiency at our projects and runs to the core of our business, remaining at the forefront of innovation in our industry.”
Extending the project’s lifespan, power generation, and overall efficiency will continue to yield economic benefits to southwestern Oklahoma. The Blue Canyon Wind Farm has paid approximately $17.6 million to local governments and $25.3 million to landowners through 2019. Blue Canyon also employed more than 550 people during construction and created 64 permanent jobs, focused on operating and maintaining the wind farm.