RES Americas will work with Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy to design and build the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Farm. The wind energy project will be build near Austin, Minnesota near the site of the Grand Meadow wind project, owned and operated by Xcel Energy.
RES Americas will develop and build Pleasant Valley, then transfer ownership to Xcel Energy, who will own and operate the project. The development and construction schedules remain on track to be completed by the end of 2015, with development activities into 2014 and plans to break ground in mid-2014.
Pleasant Valley Wind Farm is part of 600 MW of wind power recently announced by Xcel Energy in its Upper Midwest service territory. Following a request for proposals in February, Xcel Energy selected Pleasant Valley and two other projects to submit to regulators for review. Xcel Energy submitted the projects to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the North Dakota Public Service Commission for consideration and notified regulators in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan.