Mortenson Construction will build its 100th wind project, their largest to date. MidAmerican Energy Company selected the wind construction company to build the 443.9-MW Rolling Hills Wind Project in southwestern Iowa, one of the largest wind projects in the nation. The two companies also joined forces on the 119.6-MW Laurel and 29.9-MW Pomeroy IV wind projects.
“The Rolling Hills Wind Project is truly a landmark project for Mortenson and the wind industry. Having entered the renewables industry in its infancy, Mortenson is proud to achieve such a significant milestone,” says Tim Maag, a vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups. “This is our largest wind power project to date, and it is a testimony to the strength of our industry partnerships and the depth of experience our team members bring to wind power construction.”
Together the Rolling Hills, Laurel and Pomeroy IV wind projects span more than 150 square miles over six Iowa counties: Adair, Adams, Calhoun, Cass, Marshall and Pocahontas. MidAmerican Energy has 1,393 MW of owned and contracted wind generation facilities in Iowa. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Iowa ranks second in the nation for total number of installed megawatts of wind power and first in the nation for the percentage of electricity generated by wind power. The Rolling Hills Wind Project is the 13th wind power facility built by Mortenson in Iowa and the sixth wind project built by Mortenson for MidAmerican Energy.
During construction of the Rolling Hills Wind Project, Mortenson will erect 193, 2.3-MW Siemens wind turbines. This is enough electricity to power approximately 190,000 average American homes. The company also will install access roads, underground collection and tower wiring. Construction will begin this month, and the project will become operational by year-end 2011.
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