Renewable Energy Systems (RES), an expert in the development, engineering, construction, and operations of renewable projects in the Americas, has been awarded the balance-of-plant construction contract for the Copenhagen Wind Project. This new project is being developed and is owned by EDF Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
The wind farm will be located in Jefferson and Lewis Counties in upstate New York. RES was selected for balance-of-plant construction through a competitive third party bidding process.
Notice to Proceed was awarded on May 24, 2017, and construction will begin on the 80-MW project in August 2017. Completion is scheduled for November 2018.
“Copenhagen will be RES’ first wind project constructed in the State of New York, and we are pleased to be contributing to the economic benefits this project will provide to the community,” said Jason Zingerman, VP Construction, RES in the Americas. “This project is another step forward toward our goal of a low-carbon future.”
The Copenhagen Wind Project will use 40 Vestas V110 2.0MW turbines. RES will also construct an approximate 9-mile, 115-kV transmission line, terminating at a newly constructed substation located along an existing National Grid owned transmission line.
“We are pleased to be working with RES to construct EDF RE’s first project in New York,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive VP at EDF RE. “Copenhagen Wind is yet another great example of how wind power provides an economic boost to rural America through the creation of local jobs, tax base, and recurring landowner lease payments, and we look forward to partnering with the local community in Lewis and Jefferson Counties to make the project a success.”
During peak construction, Copenhagen will support 120 jobs to bring the benefits of renewable energy to upstate New York. This project will offset 177,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, which is equivalent the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,500 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.
“National Grid is pleased to partner with Renewable Energy Systems on the Copenhagen Wind Project,” said Brian Gemmell, National Grid vice president of FERC Strategy and Performance. “We are committed to supporting innovative solutions that harness energy from alternative energy sources and help to achieve the company’s clean energy goals.”
He added: “National Grid is excited to play a leadership role to drive a cleaner, greener energy future to promote New York’s renewable energy target of 50% renewables by 2030.”