170 MW wind project will bring $250 million infrastructure investment, jobs to area
Tradewind Energy announces the sale of the English Farms Wind Project to Alliant Energy.
Located approximately 60 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa in Poweshiek County, the English Farms Wind Project is expected to have a capacity of 170 megawatts (MW) which would produce enough wind energy to power approximately 50,000 homes at peak production.
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and will be comprised of 69 General Electric 2.5 MW and 2.3 MW wind turbines, built on 15,180 acres of participating properties. The English Farms Wind Project will interconnect to the existing Parnell-Poweshiek 161 kV transmission line.
The project represents an approximate $250 million infrastructure investment, and will have additional and exponential economic impacts to the Poweshiek County community. Economic impacts include property taxes generated for local government and taxing authorities, lease payments made to project landowners, use and support of local businesses and more than 100 temporary construction-related jobs – resulting in a significant economic impact without straining local schools or county infrastructure.
“It has been extremely rewarding to work with Poweshiek County officials, landowners and community members,” said Jeff Hammond, senior development manager for Tradewind Energy. “We are very proud to partner with Alliant Energy, which is contributing to the transformation of Iowa’s electric power supply.”
Iowa continues to lead the nation with nearly 37 percent of annual electricity sourced from wind power. Of the 52,000 wind turbines in the U.S. more than 4,000 are operating in the state of Iowa.
“Wind energy is a win-win-win for customers, communities and local landowners,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “The benefits of this project, and all of our wind farms, reach far and wide through the increased tax revenue for schools and community services.”
Kelly Cooper, Parris Communications