Construction under way for 28 MW Michigan wind farm

Project development began in March 2011, and the turbine contract was signed at the end of the year

Langhorne, Pa., February 16, 2012 — Construction is now under way on the 28-MW Garden Wind Farm featuring Gamesa Technology Corp.'s G97 2.0 MW Class IIIA model, which was introduced to the U.S. market in 2011. Located on the Garden Peninsula, this project is Gamesa's first in Michigan.

Heritage Sustainable Energy will develop and own the project, which features 14 turbines on 90-meter towers in Garden Township, Delta County. Project development began in March 2011, and the turbine contract was signed at the end of the year.

The wind farm is scheduled to be completed and online by September 2012. Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy will purchase the offtake.

Gamesa's G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA model is specially designed for low-wind sites, a segment from which the company expects over half of all future on-shore demand. This turbine model increases energy output almost 14 percent over the previous G90 model.

Among other advances, the G97-2.0 MW features a new aerodynamic blade tip design and the Gamesa noise reduction system control system to ensure maximum output with minimum noise.

The wind farm will generate continuing financial benefits to leaseholders and tax revenue for the community. The project is expected to produce dozens of construction jobs and long-term local employment for the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.

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