Basin Electric finds contractor for wind farm projects

Madison Wis., September 2, 2009 – RMT, a renewable energy development, engineering, and construction firm, won a balance-of-plant engineering and construction work for Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s PrairieWinds 1 and Minot Wind 2 farms in North Dakota. The two projects will generate a combined nameplate capacity of 120 MW of renewable energy.

RMT will be providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) to support the installation of 77 1.5-MW GE SLE turbines at the PrairieWinds 1 site and 3 1.5-MW GE SLE turbines at the Minot Wind 2 site. The civil and electrical infrastructure includes roads, crane walks and pads, turbine foundations and underground collector systems. RMT is also responsible for tower erection and for construction of a 6,500 SF operations and maintenance building.

Construction commenced at the PrairieWinds 1 and Minot Wind 2 facilities in early August. With an annual average capacity of 45 to 50 MW, these projects will generate enough renewable energy to power about 35,000 homes and offset over 300,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted from a blend of the region’s power supply generators.

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