Pleasant Valley wind farm moves forward in Minnesota

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RES Americas won notice to proceed 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 in close coordination with county and state officials and through the assembly of a landowner stakeholder committee to represent the community. Upon completion, RES Americas will transfer the project to Xcel Energy, which will own and operate Pleasant Valley.

The 200 MW project is comprised of 100 V100-2.0 MW Vestas wind 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 2014 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), and it is anticipated that it will generate nearly $950,000 in annual local tax revenue that will be split pro rata between the counties and townships.

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