Broomfield, Colo., May 21, 2010 – Renewable Energy Systems Americas started balance of plant construction on the 343 MW Lower Snake River Wind Project (Phase I).
BOP construction includes all infrastructure of the project (roads, foundation, electrical infrastructure and other structures) and specifically excludes the supply, installation and commissioning of wind turbines.
The 343 MW project will consist of 149 2.3 MW Siemens turbines installed on nearly 40,000 acres of leased farmland near the town of Pomeroy in Garfield County, Washington.
Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project is expected to generate enough wind energy to power more than 100,000 average American homes and will create up to 150 temporary jobs during construction.
RES Americas is committed to using local labor and subcontractors for construction on all project sites. Several regional vendors have already been engaged for the Lower Snake River Wind Project for road construction. Additional local contracts will be rewarded as construction progresses.
RES Americas sold its interest in the project’s development assets to Puget Sound Energy in 2009, at which time PSE assumed the role of owner and developer of the Lower Snake River Wind Project; RES Americas is serving as the project’s prime construction contractor.
PSE is Washington’s oldest energy utility with more than one million electric customers in 11 counties. RES Americas and PSE have a history of joint development partnerships in Washington including the Hopkins Ridge (156 MW) and Wild Horse Wind (273 MW) facilities.
RES Americas boasts the in-house capabilities required to develop, construct, own, and operate successful renewable energy projects: choosing sites and designing a project for the maximum power performance and minimum local impact, carrying it through the planning and permitting stages, including environmental assessment and financing, construction and operation of a renewable generation project. The company prioritizes the reality that projects are designed to generate power at the most competitive prices.
For more than a decade, RES Americas has been developing, constructing, owning, and operating renewable energy projects across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The company employs 240 full time professionals working throughout North America, has constructed more than 3,800 MW, and is working on a development portfolio of more than 12,500 MW.