Ørsted announced the competition of the 103-megawatt (MW) Willow Creek Wind project located in Butte County, South Dakota. This is Ørsted’s second project in SPP (Southwest Power Pool) territory.
Willow Creek will generate new property tax revenue that can support local services and provide support to project landowners, who will receive long-term rental income by hosting the turbines.
BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, provided tax equity for Willow Creek as part of a portfolio with the 230-MW Plum Creek project in Nebraska, which was commissioned in June this year.
“The completion of Willow Creek Wind marks the successful transition of another safe, on-time, on-budget project in 2020 into our operational fleet, a solid team achievement given the COVID-19 impact across the industry this year,” said Neil O’Donovan, Chief Operating Officer of Ørsted’s onshore business.
In addition, Ørsted said that is has made the final investment decision for its largest onshore wind project to date, 367-MW Western Trail Wind. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021. Ørsted said the project will further strengthen its ERCOT asset base.
With the completion of Willow Creek and addition of Western Trail Wind, Ørsted’s onshore business now has 2.7GW in operation and under construction.