RES Americas kicks off construction of 250-MW Kansas wind farm

Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas) said April 18 that it has started construction on the 250-MW Buffalo Dunes Wind Project in Kansas.

Located southwest of Garden City, the project was developed by Kansas-based TradeWind Energy LLC, and is jointly owned by the GE Energy Financial Services unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Enel Green Power North America.

As the general contractor, RES Americas will oversee construction of the Buffalo Dunes project. RES Americas’ preconstruction team also worked closely with TradeWind Energy to optimize the project’s engineering, design, and construction schedule. The project is expected to employ 150 construction workers and create 15 permanent jobs.

“RES Americas enjoyed working with TradeWind, the project developer, and we look forward to completing the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project for Enel,” said Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer. “Kansas is a leader in wind energy, and the continued development of its renewable energy resources will bring additional capital investment, jobs and tax revenue to the state.”

“As a Kansas-based company, it is especially nice to announce another successful project in our home state,” said Matt Gilhousen, Chief Development Officer for TradeWind. “Upon completion of the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, TradeWind will have developed 750 MW of operating wind generation in Kansas alone, representing over one billion dollars of investment and producing enough clean, renewable energy to meet the needs of over 250,000 homes.” 

The Buffalo Dunes Wind Project will use 135 GE turbines. In addition to turbines, GE Energy Financial Services is investing in the project, and GE will provide operations and maintenance after completion. Alabama Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), will buy most of the electricity from the project under a 20-year agreement.

RES Americas is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. The company employs more than 275 full-time professionals working throughout North America, has a construction portfolio of more than 6,000 MW of renewable energy. Its corporate office is in Broomfield, Colo., with regional offices located in Austin, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minn. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.

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