July 29, 2003[SolarAccess.com]Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa Energia has started construction on the first wind farm in the U.S. The Mendota Hills facility-located in Lee County, Ill.-is expected to be operational by the end of the year, said the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The project will contain 63 G52 800-kW wind turbines, for a total capacity of 50.4 MW. Commonwealth Edison will purchase the power output. Mendota Hills is negotiating the sale of the green certificates. Gamesa said the project represents a very important step forward in the U.S. The company reports that it installed its first two turbines in southern Minnesota a few months ago. This year’s installations are the first use of Gamesa turbines in the U.S.