RWE Renewables has started commercial operation on its 250-MW onshore Scioto Ridge Wind Farm located in Hardin and Logan counties in Ohio. Scioto is powered by 75 Siemens Gamesa turbines and represents RWE’s first onshore wind project in Ohio and 28th in the United States.
“Scioto Ridge marks our successful entry in the Ohio market,” said Silvia Ortin, COO of onshore wind and solar PV Americas at RWE Renewables. “The state’s location in the heartland of the U.S. offers ideal conditions for renewable energy and we are happy to bring this project online as part of our focus on the U.S. market.”
Scioto Ridge has the capacity to provide clean energy for more than 60,000 households.
“We’re proud to be a member of the local community, contributing more than $75 million in new payments over the next 25 years to the local governments, school districts and landowners,” Ortin said. “We created approximately 250 construction jobs and will hire up to 10 full-time, long-term operations and maintenance people who will live and work in the area.”
Wind power provides less than 2% of the total electricity generation in Ohio, despite the state’s long history of industrial manufacturing, including approximately 52 wind-related factories — the most in any single state in the United States.
“The ongoing transition to lower-carbon technologies and a more diverse energy portfolio represents a significant economic development opportunity for our state,” said Stephanie Kromer, director of energy and environmental policy at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited for RWE’s successful completion of their first Ohio-based project of over $300 million and look forward to their continued cooperation.”
The United States accounts for more than one-third of the RWE Group’s renewables capacity, playing a key role in RWE’s strategy to grow its renewables business and reach net-zero by 2040. RWE constructs, owns and operates some of the highest performing wind, solar and energy storage projects in the U.S. RWE recently entered a joint venture, New England Aqua Ventus, focused on floating offshore wind in the state of Maine.
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