ENGIE North America breaks ground on 196MW wind farm in Kansas


ENGIE North America has begun construction on the 196MW East Fork Wind Project in Thomas County, Kansas.

The wind farm, which will entail an investment of about $228m, is located near the city of Colby in northwest Kansas.

The project will feature 72 GE turbines, each having a capacity of 2.72MW. M.A. Mortenson Company is serving as the construction general contractor.

It is also represents the second phase of the larger Solomon Forks Wind Project (276MW), which is currently under construction.

The wind project will supply clean energy to Brown-Forman under a PPA and has entered into a Proxy Revenue Swap with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s specialist weather risk team, in collaboration with its partners at Nephila Climate.

East Fork has been under active development for more than 10 years. It forms part of the portfolio recently acquired by a subsidiary of ENGIE North America from Infinity Power Holdings, a joint venture between Infinity Renewables and MAP Energy.

ENGIE North America senior vice president and head of U.S. Wind Development and former CEO of Infinity Renewables Matt Riley said: “East Fork is our third major project to break ground after ENGIE’s acquisition of the Infinity Renewables wind portfolio in February 2018, bringing our total MW under construction to nearly 700.

“It’s exciting to be part of a company driving renewable energy development at a meaningful scale. These wind projects provide much more than clean energy. They enable new economic, environmental, and educational opportunities that can make a positive difference in the communities where they reside.”

Originally, the project was developed by Airstream Energy, a developer with local roots in the community.

ENGIE North America manages a range of energy businesses in the US and Canada, including clean power generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy sales.

With operations in 70 countries, the company employs 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centres.


Image: ENGIE North America begins work on 196MW wind farm in Kansas. Photo: Courtesy of Karsten Würth (@inf1783) on Unsplash.

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