North Dakota, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Iberdrola Renewables has completed construction of the 149-megawatt (MW) Rugby Wind Power Project near Rugby, North Dakota. The project, which represents an investment of nearly US $300 million, created more than 250 construction jobs at the peak of activity when 71 turbines, 16.4 miles of road and operations buildings were built.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy, estimates that a total of 809 jobs were created or supported during construction and another 29 will be created or supported during operation of the Rugby project, based upon NREL’s Jobs and Economic Development Impact model which looks at the supply chain and other factors.
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) purchases 40 MW of output from the Rugby project. MRES, based in Sioux Falls, is an organization of 60 member communities in the State.
Iberdrola Renewables Inc. now operates more than 3,500 MW of wind power in the U.S. It is part of Iberdrola Renovables, the largest provider of wind power in the world according to New Energy Finance, with more than 10,000 MW in operation in 23 countries.