Iberdrola advances 76-MW New Hampshire wind farm project

Iberdrola Renewables has begun advanced development of its 75.9-MW Wild Meadows Wind Farm, which will located on leased, privately-owned land in the towns of Alexandria and Danbury in New Hampshire.

The wind farm represents a potential $150m investment in the New Hampshire economy, and would add to Iberdrola Renewables’ existing investments in the state. The project would provide up to 300 jobs during construction.

“We are pleased to continue investing in New Hampshire, a state helping to lead the clean energy economy,” said Ed Cherian, the Iberdrola Renewables development director, in an Oct. 3 statement. “Wild Meadows could serve as a significant new source of renewable power, and also generate new revenue for the towns and the state.”

Environmental assessment studies and surveys have been largely completed and the company expects to file an application with the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee in the coming months.

The decision to develop this project comes after the execution of a fixed price power purchase agreement over a 15-year term with a group of Massachusetts utilities, recently filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. The utilities — National Grid, Northeast Utilities and Unitil Corp. — would buy 565 MW from six wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire.

Wild Meadows could become Iberdrola Renewables’ third wind farm in the state, after Lempster (24 MW) and Groton (48 MW), both of which are currently in operation.

Iberdrola Renewables is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables is headquartered in Portland, Ore.

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