Plans unveiled for Iowa 66MW wind farm

WCN Editorial Team 24 Feb 2017 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

US-based Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has unveiled plans to build, own and operate a 66MW wind farm, to be the company’s largest wind farm to date, near Saratoga, Iowa.

The $107M project, named Saratoga, will feature 33 turbines. The wind farm’s turbines will be nearly 500ft tall — 100ft higher than turbines at MGE's Top of Iowa wind farm, which was constructed in 2008.

Saratoga represents a next step in MGE's ongoing transition to more renewable resources in its energy supply mix. The company is committed to increase cleaner energy and to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions under its Energy 2030 framework.

MGE’s chairman, president and CEO Gary Wolter said: "This is an exciting opportunity for our customers and continues the progress we've made in reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy.

"With recent advances in technology, this project represents a long-term, cost-effective strategy for MGE to continue to transition to cleaner energy sources."

If approved, construction work is expected to commence in early 2018.  The wind farm will deliver enough energy to power about 47,000 homes by the end of 2018.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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