Puerto Rico-based company buys Minnesota wind farm

Grant County Wind LLC notified the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on March 12 that it has changed hands, but that its wind farm will remain with it.

“Effective February 20, 2015, Aspenall Energies (Delaware), LLC acquired Minnesota Wind Ventures, LLC‘s 99% equity interest in GC Wind Holdings, LLC,” the company wrote. “GC Wind Holdings, LLC continues to hold 100% of the equity interest in Grant County Wind, LLC. The Permittee, Grand County Wind, LLC, has not changed as a result of the acquisition. Thus, the Permittee is not seeking recertification or transfer under Minnesota Rules, part 7854.1400. As such, this notification is informational only.”

Aspenall Energies is an industrial- and utility-scale renewable energy developer and operator based in Puerto Rico. It currently has several wind energy projects at various stages of development in Puerto Rico and is evaluating the acquisition of other renewable energy projects on the mainland United States, the filing said. Grant County Wind remains responsible for compliance with the Site Permit and reporting conditions related to it. The field representative and contact information previously provided for Grant County Wind remains unchanged. A project contact is Raoul Slavin, (787) 796-4487.

The commission in October 2009 approved a site permit for this 20-MW facility. It is is located in southeastern Grant County, about five miles west of Hoffman.

Said the Aspenall Energies LLC website: “Grant County Wind located in Hoffman, Minnesota, is the first off-island wind energy project acquired by Aspenall Energies. The project, located in private agricultural land, consists of 10 S88 2.1 MW wind turbines manufactured by Suzlon, with a total installed capacity of 21 MW. This project started commercial operations in August of 2010, and has a 20 MW Power Purchase Agreement with Northern States Power for 20 years.”

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