CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Oct. 8, 2003 — The Governor of South Dakota, Michael Rounds, and other state and local officials gathered Monday in Highmore, S.D., for ribbon cutting ceremonies to mark the commissioning of the state’s first utility-scale wind farm. The 40-megawatt FPL Energy South Dakota Wind Energy Center began construction in June.
TVIG was contracted to design and construct the infrastructure for the wind farm, including the installation of the wind turbines, for FPL Energy, Juno Beach, Fla. The facility includes 27 GE Wind 1.5 mw wind turbines. Each turbine rests on a 213-foot tower. The three-bladed rotors have a 231-foot diameter. The highest point of the turbine rotor assembly is approximately 330-feet high, about 1 1/3 football fields from the tip of the blade to ground level.
In his address about the FPL Energy South Dakota Wind Energy Center, Governor Rounds stated, “What we call “alternative” energy today will be the mainstream 30, 40 and 50 years from now…I see this as our generation doing what’s right for the future generations. We are investigating, testing, using and improving something so that when those future generations need it… the energy will be there for them.”
Last year, Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns praised another TVIG project, the largest wind farm in Nebraska, saying “Not only will the project bring economic benefits to the Kimball area, but it will clearly demonstrate the benefits that wind power can bring to farming and ranching operations.”
“Wind energy is becoming one of the more viable renewable energy sources available. Technology efficiencies have reached a point where it’s economically feasible to offer communities this clean energy option,” commented Ben Fischer, director for TVIG’s wind business unit.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, TVIG is a consortium of top-tier project management, manufacturing and engineering firms that have joined to develop, design, manufacture and market energy-centered infrastructure projects for utilities, governments and industries worldwide.
The company was founded in 1998 on the premise that there is significant demand for clean, cost-effective, quality energy-driven infrastructure. TVIG provides engineering, procurement and construction contracting services to wind energy project developers in North America. TVIG has also implemented its Integrated Infrastructure Platformà¢â€ž- (IIPà¢â€ž-) in regions within Central America, Latin America, Africa, and Central Europe. For more information about TVIG, please visit our website at www.tvigroup.com.