Minnesota, April 1, 2010 — enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, and Xcel Energy have closed on the wind project purchase and sale agreement for the Nobles wind project, a 201 MW wind facility to be constructed in Nobles County in southwest Minnesota.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the Nobles wind energy project on May 28, 2009. The closure of the wind project purchase and sale agreement transfers the project ownership to Northern States Power, an Xcel Energy operating company.
The Nobles wind project, consisting of 134 GE 1.5MW turbines, is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 50,000 homes. The wind farm is expected to be operational by the end of 2010.
Steve Peluso, vice president of development for enXco‘s midwest region, said: “Closing the wind project purchase and sale agreement is an important milestone in the development of the Nobles wind project. The spring weather allows us to step up construction efforts, generating 150 jobs in the next few months.”