MidAmerican Energy Co. selected Mortenson Construction to build the 443.9-MW Rolling Hills Wind Project in southwestern Iowa, one of the largest wind projects in the nation. MidAmerican Energy selected Mortenson to build the Rolling Hills Wind Project. MidAmerican also selected Mortenson to build the 119.6-MW Laurel and 29.9- MW Pomeroy IV wind projects. The construction of the Rolling Hills Wind Project marks the 100th wind project built by Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Group in North America. “The Rolling Hills Wind Project is a landmark project for Mortenson and the wind industry,” said 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 megawatts 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 the company has built for MidAmerican.
During construction of the Rolling Hills Wind Project, Mortenson will erect 193, 2.3-megawatt Siemens wind turbines. 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. For more information, visit MidAmerican Energy Co., Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 729,000 customers and natural gas service to 709,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.