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EDF plans Minnesota mix

Siemens and Vestas turbines lined up for 200MW Red Pine project

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EDF Renewable Energy proposes to install a mix of Siemens and Vestas turbines at the 200MW Red Pine project in Minnesota.

The wind farm would comprise 50 Vestas V100 2MW machines and 42 Siemens 108 2.3MW units, according to a regulatory filing.

The developer initially designed an all-Vestas layout, however, the new configuration produces the same nameplate capacity with eight fewer turbines, said EDF.

The state Public Utilities Commission is reviewing a site permit application, which also evaluates the Vestas V117 3.3MW and V126 3.45MW turbines.

Regulators will host a public information meeting 13 December and written comments will be accepted through 3 January. A permit decision is expected by June 2017.

The applicant has finalized an offtake agreement for the project that targets commercial operation to begin 1 January 2018.

EDF plans to kick off construction in May 2017.

The project footprint covers about 44,700 acres in Lincoln County in southwestern Minnesota.

Red Pine has an executed generator interconnection agreement with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator.

The wind farm will connect to the 345kV Brookings County-Hampton transmission line that runs through the project area.

Image: Vestas

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