MidAmerican Energy Company has announced plans to build a new wind farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa.
The new North English wind farm will be the third site built as part of the $3.6bn Wind XI project and will have a capacity of 340MW. Work on this facility is expected to be completed in December 2018.
The new farm will also share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, which also forms part of the project.
MidAmerican also said that it will select more sites in other Iowa counties for the rest of the Wind XI project. Construction on these sites is expected to commence in 2018 and 2019. The entire project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and generate 2,000MW of wind generation capacity following completion in December 2019.
The Wind XI project is anticipated to lead to the creation of thousands of jobs during the construction phase and hundreds of new permanent jobs.
MidAmerican Energy president and CEO Bill Fehrman said: “We are excited to continue development of our Wind XI project and come closer to achieving our 100% Renewable Vision. The benefits of Wind XI are very clear: clean energy produced right here in Iowa, for Iowa customers, using one of Iowa’s abundant renewable resources.”