Minnesota PUC to look at 105-MW Stoneray Wind Project

At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be looking at the question of whether to issue a draft site permit for the 105-MW Stoneray Wind Project.

Stoneray Power Partners LLC in June applied to construct up to 62 turbines for a combined nameplate capacity of 105 MW in Rock and Burke townships in Pipestone County and Chanarambie and Cameron townships in Murray County. The site is anticipated to encompass 29,500 acres, with approximately 21-36 acres of land will be converted to project facilities. Four turbine models are under consideration that range between 1.7 MW and 3.2 MW, said commission staff in a Dec. 12 briefing memo.

Wind rights or easements have been obtained by the permittee and include 14,500 acres of full easements in sections of Rock and Burke townships in Pipestone County and Chanarambie and Cameron townships in Murray County.

Attached to the memo is a draft, unsigned version of the site permit.

Stoneray Power Partners is a subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy. The company said in the June application that four turbine models under consideration are the General Electric 1.7-100, Vestas V110-2.0, Siemens SWT-2.3-108, and Siemens SWT-3.2-113. From the project substation, the electricity will interconnect at 34.5 kV to the 115-kV Chanarambie Substation, located in Section 6 of Chanarambie Township in Murray County.

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