Atwater, Minn., February 18, 2010 — Lake Country Wind Energy secured nearly 25,000 acres for the development of its 340 MW community owned project in Minnesota.
The acres leased in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties represent over three-quarters of the land needed to develop the wind power project. The project’s goal is to sign 30,000 acres.
With nearly 25,000 acres signed, Lake Country has made progress since its formation in the summer of 2008.
“Lake Country has reached a number of important milestones over the past year,” Field Specialist Jan Donahue said. “The amount of acres signed is the obvious highlight, but no less important is that we’ve now collected over a year’s worth of wind data from the footprint’s meteorological tower. With that data, our wind assessments team will be able to place our turbines in the most efficient way possible.”
Construction on the wind farm will take place over the course of 3-4 separate phases. The first of these phases is tentatively scheduled to go online in 2011. It is expected to deliver 40 MW of electricity to the grid and include 20, 2.05 MW REpower wind turbines. (For more on this development, click here)
Lake Country Wind Energy, LLC is a community-owned wind energy company that plans to develop up to 340 MW of wind power generation facilities in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties, Minnesota.
National Wind is the leader in developing utility-scale 50 MW community wind energy projects. National Wind and its unit, Wind Energy Developers, have participated in developing 13 wind energy projects and currently have over 4,000 MW in active development. The company has an additional 1,500 MW of wind energy in advanced feasibility study stages and is continually exploring expansion opportunities in other states.