Tradewind works on 600 MW of Cimarron Bend wind projects in Kansas

Cimarron Bend Wind Project LLC (Cimarron), Cimarron Bend Wind Project I LLC (Cimarron I), Cimarron Bend Wind Project II LLC (Cimarron II) and Cimarron Bend Wind Project III LLC (Cimarron III) on Aug. 9 notified the Kansas State Corporation Commission of their decision to opt out of public utility regulation.

  • Cimarron I is developing a wind project on an approximately 25,000 acre site located about six miles southeast of Minneola in Clark County, Kansas. All Cimarron I facilities, including turbines and project-specific transmission facilities, will be constructed on privately-owned land pursuant to long-term wind farm easements, transmission easements and/or rights-of-way agreements with the respective landowners. In light of these privately negotiated lease and easement arrangements, Cimarron I will neither request nor require condemnation authority in order to obtain land use rights for the Cimarron I Project. The Cimarron I Project will interconnect near Bloom, Kansas, at the Clark County Substation owned by ITC Great Plains. The Cimarron I Project will have a nameplate capacity of abiout 200 MW and commercial operation is planned for on or about Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Cimarron II is developing a wind project on an approximately 21,000 acre site located about four miles south of the city of Minneola, in Clark County, Kansas. All Cimarron II facilities, including turbines and project-specific transmission facilities, will be constructed on privately-owned land pursuant to long-term wind farm easements, transmission easements and/or rights-of-way agreements with the respective landowners. In light of these privately negotiated lease and easement arrangements, Cimarron II will neither request nor require condemnation authority in order to obtain land use rights for the Cimarron II Project. The Cimarron II Project will interconnect near Bloom, Kansas, at the Clark County Substation owned by ITC Great Plains. The Cimarron II Project will have an installed capacity of approximately 200 MW and commercial operation is planned for on or about March 31, 2017.
  • Cimarron III is developing a wind project on a roughly 21,000 acre site located one mile south of the city of Minneola, in Clark County, Kansas. All Cimarron III facilities, including turbines and project-specific transmission facilities, will be constructed on privately-owned land pursuant to long-term wind farm easements, transmission easements and/or rights-of-way agreements with the respective landowners. In light of these privately negotiated lease and easement arrangements, Cimarron III will neither request nor require condemnation authority in order to obtain land use rights for the Cimarron III Project. The Cimarron III Project will also interconnect at the Clark County Substation owned by ITC Great Plains. The Cimarron III Project will have an installed capacity of around 200 MW and commercial operation is planned for 2018.

The filing doesn’t name the backer of these project companies. A project map attached to the filing shows the name Tradewind Energy

Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) recently joined Kansas Gov. Samuel Brownback, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Tradewind Energy in a joint press conference to announce the start of construction of the company’s largest wind asset in the world, the 400-MW Cimarron Bend project in Clark County. The 400-MW project required an overall investment of approximately $610 million and will have the largest capacity of any Enel wind asset in the company’s global portfolio.

The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend will be sold under two bundled, long-term power purchase agreements; one with Google and the other with BPU. Cimarron Bend is the first of EGP-NA’s wind projects to sell a portion of the power produced to a corporate off-taker.

EGP-NA already owns and operates four wind projects in Kansas and is the largest owner and operator of wind in the state. With the announcement of the Cimarron Bend wind project, EGP-NA now owns projects representing more than 1 GW of renewable energy that required more than $1.7 billion in overall investment.

The Cimarron Bend wind project was developed by Kansas-based Tradewind Energy, a strategic partner of EGP-NA.

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