innogy breaks ground on £236m wind farm in US


German energy company innogy has broken ground on the 250MW Scioto Ridge wind farm in Hardin and Logan Counties, Ohio, US.

The $300m (£236m) wind farm will be powered by 75 of Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbines. The wind farm is expected to begin operations in the last quarter of 2020.

In January, innogy had taken the final investment decision for the construction of the wind farm. During that period, the company selected Siemens Gamesa to supply SG 3.4-132 turbines.

innogy renewables chief operating officer Hans Bünting said: “Today is an important milestone for innogy. Only one year since acquiring a two gigawatt pipeline of onshore wind projects, we are now implementing our first wind farm in the US.

“With Scioto Ridge, innogy’s successful US market entry becomes visible. Ohio’s place in the heartland of the US offers ideal conditions for renewable energy and is considered as an attractive market for clean energy investment.”

According to the company, the wind farm will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 60,000 homes in the state. It will also contribute more than $75m in new revenues for the next 25 years to the local governments and land owners.

Innogy Renewables US Scioto Ridge project manager Jason Dagger said: “Pre-construction activities have begun onsite, and commencement of full construction is planned for the third quarter of 2019.

“Once we are totally underway, Scioto Ridge will host over 150 short-term construction jobs and up to 10 full-time, long term operations jobs. This project is a win-win for the local economy.”

Electricity generated from the wind farm will be sold in the wholesale market. The company has also signed a 13-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to sell a significant portion of the electricity generated by the wind farm. The project is also expected to qualify for full federal production tax credit.

In addition, the German company plans to take a final investment decision on the two wind projects to be located in New York – Cassadaga with 126MW and Baron Winds with 240MW capacity – in 2019 and bring them into service in the last quarter of 2020.


Image: innogy Renewables US CEO Andrew Young; Hardin County Commissioner Tim Striker; project manager Scioto Ridge Jason Dagger; Hardin County Commissioner, Roger Crowe; Hardin County economic development director Jacqueline Fitzgerald; and innogy Renewables US chief financial officer Fabian Gaus. Photo: Courtesy of innogy.

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