TradeWind Energy, Inc., one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the United States, has reached a significant power generation milestone as it celebrates the company’s 10th year in business. With the installation of the 91st wind turbine at the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, TradeWind Energy is now responsible for the successful development of wind projects totaling one gigawatt of electrical generation capacity, representing $1.7 billion invested in projects in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.
To put this accomplishment into perspective, one gigawatt of wind projects will produce enough electricity to power 330,000 average American homes annually, which is enough to power all the households in a city about the size of Oklahoma City.
The installation of TradeWind’s 91st wind turbine was completed on October 7, 2013, at the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project southwest of Garden City, Kan. Buffalo Dunes is located in Haskell, Grant and Finney counties in Kansas. Clean, low-cost electricity generated from the Buffalo Dunes site is being delivered to the customers of Alabama Power Company, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company.
Freeman and the company’s two other co-founders came from divergent backgrounds–a corporate attorney turned entrepreneur, a technology entrepreneur and a drummer turned civil engineer–but all shared a deep passion for the promise and potential of renewable energy. They built the business from the ground up, and today TradeWind is considered one of the most experienced development teams in the country.
TradeWind was a finalist this year for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the company was honored recently with the Kansas Governor’s Energy Achievement Award. TradeWind also received the national Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association.
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