Nordex wrapping up Kansas PPAs
Fall construction start expected after county approves 70MW wind farm
Nordex USA expects to finalize power purchase agreements for the 70MW Ringneck Prairie wind farm in Kansas following a key permitting milestone.
Grant County commissioners have approved a conditional use permit and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the project. Under the PILOT deal Nordex will pay $3000 per megawatt annually plus a one-time payment of $150,000.
The developer is expected to finalize a road agreement and apply for a special use permit and building permits within the next two months, Grant County economic development director Kirk Schweitzer told reNews.
“We hope to be under construction this fall,” said Scheitzer. Work this year likely will consist of road building and electrical work with foundations and turbine construction starting next spring.
“We expect to be fully commissioned by the end of 2014.”
The project will feed into the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization. “We’re working on several power purchase agreements that will add up to 70MW,” said Scheitzer. “I think we’re going to end up with a close to 50MW chunk plus a patchwork quilt of smaller purchases.”
Nordex plans to erect 28 2.5MW turbines on the 15,000-acre site. A transmission line runs through the project area into a Midwest Energy substation.
Grant County initiated the project in 2009 and commissioned Oklahoma-based Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting to conduct a county-wide wind assessment and economic impact study. TSteele Construction subsequently was selected as a pre-developer.
After discussions with more than 20 wind developers Grant County selected Nordex to build and operate the wind farm.
The county hopes to expand Ringneck Prairie to 200MW to 250MW. It has also identified four other prime wind areas for development.
Ringneck Prairie: 70MW project will employ 2.5MW turbines (Nordex)