WEA Puts 2-MW Gamesa Turbine in Commercial Operation in Iowa

Wind Energy America (WEA) announced this week that it has completed the commissioning of the first of two Gamesa G-87 2-megawatt (MW) wind turbines. The turbines make up the company’s wholly-owned Zachary Ridge community wind project, located on Buffalo Ridge in Osceola County, Iowa.

WEA has been working with Outland Renewable Energy to retrofit and commission the turbines, which were acquired in September 2008, in order to achieve full commercial operation. It is expected that commissioning of the second G-87 turbine will be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

The company said that the turbines each have an 87-meter diameter rotor, a 78-meter tower and could generate enough power to power about 500 homes each. Energy produced by Zachary Ridge is to be sold to Interstate Power and Light Company, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation, under a long term power purchase agreement.

“The commissioning and operation of this turbine is the first step in optimizing WEA’s existing wind assets and providing the foundation for long-term growth and development of WEA,” said Mel Wentz, CEO of WEA.

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