Sempra buying 78-MW wind project

A Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) subsidiary said April 23 that it has purchased the 78-MW Black Oak Getty wind project in Minnesota from Geronimo Energy, LLC, which is a utility-scale developer of wind and solar projects.

When the Black Oak Getty transaction is completed, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, along with its affiliates and joint-venture partners, will have wind facilities in seven states totaling more than 1,200 MW of generating capacity, according to a news release.

The Broken Bow II wind project Custer County, Neb., is one of the Sempra subsidiary’s more recent wind projects.

The Black Oak Getty project, located in Stearns County, Minn., is expected to move into full construction in spring 2016. The facility should generate enough renewable power for approximately 30,000 Minnesota homes.

The project is expected to employ about 250 workers at peak construction and be in commercial operation by late 2016. The entire power output from the wind farm has been sold to Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) under a 20-year contract.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Together with its various project partners, Geronimo is poised to build wind projects with an aggregate nameplate capacity of over 1,000 MW and approximately 200 MW of solar projects throughout the Midwest by the end of 2016.

GenerationHub has previously reported that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has already licensed wind units for Black Oak Wind LLC and Getty Wind Co. LLC, although the wind generation did subsequently encounter some local opposition.

“The Black Oak Wind Farm and the Getty Wind Farm are two contiguous projects under joint development in Stearns County, Minnesota,” according to a Geronimo website. “The combined footprint spans Ashley, Raymond, Sauk Centre, and Getty Townships, and represents a total investment of roughly $135 million dollars once fully developed,” according to the Geronimo website. Up to 51 turbines are expected to be built.

Stearns County is located in central Minnesota, just west of the Mississippi River. The average wind speed in Stearns County, measured at 80 meters, is 7.2 meters per second, which is just over 16 miles per hour, according to the wind power development company.

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