Building Energy, a multinational company operating as Global Integrated IPP in the Renewable Energy Industry, began the second phase of construction on the new wind farms in Iowa, which will add up to 30 MW of wind generation capacity. The $55 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, according to the company project schedule.
The wind facility, north of Des Moines, will consist of ten Acciona Windpower 3.0 MW geared wind turbines and they will produce 110,000 MWh per year, which will be sold to the local utility Alliant Energy.
The wind farm has been developed in four different counties To provide renewable energy to as many local communities as possible. Acciona Windpower, the turbine manufacturing subsidiary of the infrastructure and renewable energy group of Acciona, will supply ten AW125/3000 turbines, with 125-m rotor diameters and mounted on 87.5-m towers. The balance of plant will be provided by the general contractor Michels Corporation. The energy generated by the wind farm will satisfy the energy needs of 11,000 U.S. families and contribute to the reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
The Iowa project will be the first wind farm developed by Building Energy. The company, however, has been present in the U.S. since 2013 with offices in Washington DC, from which it has been managing the development of several projects totaling 100 MW, such as a solar plant in Annapolis, which will be built on a closed landfill, and one in Baltimore, as well as a solar park for Cornell University.
“We are excited to announce our first wind project for Building Energy and thrilled that this has been happening in the USA. Wind is becoming a key element of our company’s balanced approach to energy generation,” – said Andrea Braccialarghe, Building Energy Managing Director USA. “Our investment in wind allows keeping electricity rates stable and affordable for the local communities, provides economic development, and shows our environmental respect without impacting residential areas or conflicting with agricultural or livestock activities,” said Braccialarghe.
Building Energy is a multinational company operating as Global Integrated IPP in the Renewable Energy Industry on four continents. The company is vertically integrated on the value chain, from the development of projects to the sale of energy. With a pipeline in 24 countries with over 2,900 MW and generative assets being built over the next two years for more than 500 MW (the Near Notice to Proceed and Backlog projects), the company is positioned to be one of the major players on the international scene in the renewable energy field.
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