Wind Turbine Upgrade for Minnesota

December 18, 2003 [] Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency/Missouri River Energy Services will add two more wind generators at the site of the first RiverWinds project near Worthington, Minnesota. Contracts were executed with NEG-Micon for the purchase and installation of two 950 kW turbines on the quarter section where four 900 kW turbines were erected in 2002. Site plans have been filed with the Federal Aviation Administration and Nobles County Planning and Zoning. A hearing for a building permit will be held Sept. 24 in Worthington. Construction will begin promptly after soybeans have been harvested from the field. The harvest should take place in early October. Soil borings will take place immediately upon harvest and foundation work will begin about one to two weeks after the soil borings. Delivery of nacelles, blades, and towers for the wind generators is scheduled for Nov. 17. MRES expects the generators to be operational before the end of this year. The addition will bring MRES capacity at the site to 3,700 kW. While MRES is the operator for all four of the original turbines, two of those are owned by Wisconsin Public Power, a Wisconsin joint-action agency.
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