Mortenson, a leading renewable energy contractor, will be building the largest single-phase wind farm in North America. The project will be owned and operated by Xcel Energy and located near Limon, Colorado.
Rush Creek Wind Project will consist of 300 Vestas (V110 2.0MW) wind turbines for a total capacity of 600MW and will begin construction by May 2017 with operations starting October 2018. This wind farm will be the largest wind project for Colorado and will contribute an estimated 350 jobs during the peak of construction and increase wind energy production by more than 20% and ‘potentially generate $180 million in landowner lease payments and property tax revenue.’
Vice president and general manager at Mortenson’s Wind Energy Group, Tim Maag said: “We are pleased to be selected to construct this significant project for Xcel Energy and the state of Colorado. This project is another great example of Xcel’s commitment to clean renewable energy.”
Xcel Energy Project manager, Gerald Kelly said: “Mortenson has a long and distinguished history with the construction of major projects in Colorado, from the Stapleton Redevelopment to Denver International Airport hotel and transit center, to the Alamosa Solar Project. In addition, it has extensive experience in the development of wind projects throughout the U.S.,”
“Mortenson also shares Xcel Energy’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy work environment. We look forward to working with Mortenson on our Rush Creek Wind Farm effort.”