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Willow Creek starts to flow

Ground broken at Wind Quarry’s 103MW project in South Dakota

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US developer Wind Quarry has completed permitting for the 103MW Willow Creek project in South Dakota, paving the way for construction to begin.

“Contractors are on site and breaking ground this week,” Wind Quarry chief executive Patrick O’Meara told reNEWS.

The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has completed an environmental review and issued a finding of no significant impact.

The project has also executed a generator interconnection agreement with WAPA and grid operator Southwest Power Pool.

The developer is in negotiations for project financing and a power purchase agreement.

“We expect the project to qualify for the full 2016 production tax credit,” said O’Meara.

The Willow Creek design is based on Siemens SWT-2.3MW-108 machines however Wind Quarry has yet to sign a turbine supply agreement with any manufacturer, said O'Meara.

The project substation will interconnect via a 100-foot 115kV jumper cable to a new Western-owned switchyard and existing transmission line that runs through the site.

The $210m wind farm is expected to produce between 400,000MWh/year and 430,000MWh/year, based on a 44% to 47% capacity factor.

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