EDF Renewable Energy and Otter Tail Power Company announced the signing of an asset purchase agreement by which EDF RE will construct the 150-MW Merricourt Wind Project. Upon completion, the wind project will be turned over to Otter Tail Power Company. The transaction closing is subject to conditions precedent.
Merricourt Wind Project is located on about 13,700 acres south of Edgeley, North Dakota, in McIntosh and Dickey Counties. It will consist of 75 Vestas V110-2.0MW wind turbines to be manufactured in Vestas’ Colorado-based facilities.
“We are excited to be partnering with Otter Tail Power Company to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to OTPC’s customers through the Merricourt Wind Project,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President at EDF Renewable Energy. “The project will also provide an economic boost to the North Dakota economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”
Merricourt Wind will create 150-plus construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time positions, and inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area. Upon commercial operation in 2019, renewable energy will be provided to approximately 65,000 homes in the Otter Tail Power Company service territory.
Today, wind energy supplies approximately 19% of the Otter Tail Power Company’s electricity generation. With this addition, customers will receive nearly 28% of their energy from wind.
“Our North Dakota service area has some of the best wind resources in the country to produce low-cost energy,” said Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad. “And, because of advances in technology, this wind farm will have a high energy output — even by North Dakota standards.”
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