RES Americas readies construction on 200-MW wind project

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) announced July 2 that it has received a notice to proceed (NTP) for construction of the Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Mower and Dodge counties in southeast Minnesota.

RES Americas is the developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor of Pleasant Valley. The company successfully developed the project over a number of years. Upon completion, RES Americas will transfer the project to Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), which will own and operate Pleasant Valley through its Northern States Power subsidiary.

“RES Americas is pleased to continue our collaboration with Xcel, enabling us to deliver economic and environmental benefits to southeastern Minnesota,” said Glen Davis, Chief Commercial Officer of RES Americas.

The 200-MW project is comprised of 100 V100-2.0 MW Vestas turbines, 88 of which will be in Mower County and 12 of which will be in Dodge County. Construction of Pleasant Valley is expected to begin in July with projected commercial operation in October 2015. The project is expected to employ up to 250 workers during peak construction. The project is expected to qualify for the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC).

The Vestas V100-2.0 MW turbine, launched in 2013, generates approximately 13% more energy than earlier models at medium wind speeds. It is expected that the cost of energy generated by the project will be competitive with or below wholesale power prices in the region.

“The Pleasant Valley project is one of four new wind projects under development that will add 750 megawatts of clean wind energy to our Upper Midwest system,” said Dave Sparby, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota.

RES Americas had announced June 30 that it had received a notice to proceed on the Border Winds Project in Roulette County, N.D. RES Americas is the developer and engineering, procurement, and construction contractor of the Border Winds Project. Upon completion, RES Americas will also transfer ownership of Border Winds to Xcel Energy. This 150-MW project is comprised of 75 V100-2.0 MW Vestas turbines. Construction of Border Winds was expected to begin in June with completion in October 2015.

RES Americas currently has more than 770 MW of wind and solar power under construction in the United States and Canada. The company recently completed construction on Canada’s largest wind project, the 270-MW South Kent Wind Project in Ontario, and Texas’ largest solar photovoltaic project, the 41-MW Alamo 1 facility in San Antonio.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and/or operates projects across North America. The company has a construction portfolio of more than 7,000 MW of renewable energy, and offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects. RES Americas’ corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.

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