BayWa scoops SD wind project
GE supplying turbines, operations and maintenance to 80MW scheme
The US arm of Germany-based developer BayWa has acquired the 80MW B&H wind project in South Dakota.
The developer has also secured 43 GE 1.85MW 87 turbines (pictured). The project, located in Charles Mix, Bon Homme, and Hutchinson counties, will sell the output to NorthWestern Energy.
Construction kicked off in 2013 and BayWa intends to achieve commercial operation of the self-funded project in 2015.
GE will provide operations and maintenance through a five-year service agreement, the first turbine supply agreement between GE and the BayWa group.
BayWa r.e. CEO Matthias Taft said: “The US is one of the core markets for BayWa r.e.'s renewable energy business.
“We are pleased to announce the construction of the fifth project since BayWa r.e.’s first step into the US wind business three years ago.”
The developer has built several wind farms in the US. Recently the company finalized the development and construction of its Brahms project and secured tax equity from Union Bank prior to selling its Class B interest to Macquarie last month.
Law firm Morrison & Foerster is advising San Diego-based BayWa r.e. Wind in the transaction.