Invenergy’s Bishop Hill wind unit goes online in Illinois

Invenergy Wind LLC has completed construction and commenced operation of the 200-MW Bishop Hill Wind Energy facility in Henry County, Illinois.

Bishop Hill features 133 General Electric wind turbines located on 22,000 acres of farm land. The turbines produce enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 120,000 homes.

The developer got funding from US Bancorp to complete the project, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Invenergy is proud that the Bishop Hill Wind farm is generating a new source of renewable energy here in our home state of Illinois,” said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer of Chicago-based Invenergy. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with our host community, and we appreciate the strong support in Henry County for the project.”

A second phase of Bishop Hill, the 81 MW Bishop Hill II wind project (“Bishop Hill II”), was developed by Invenergy, and acquired in March by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. Bishop Hill II currently is in construction in Henry County.

A third phase of Bishop Hill planned by Invenergy also is in development. As proposed, it would feature 83 turbines and also would be located in Henry County.