Limon, Colo., October 29, 2012 — Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy Resources held ceremonies to dedicate their Limon I and II Wind Energy Centers.
The 400 MW facility, located about 90 miles southeast of Denver, is comprised of twin 200 MW projects that are spread across more than 55,000 acres in Arapahoe, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The projects are owned and will be operated by affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources. All of the power from both projects is being sold to Xcel Energy under long-term contracts.
Each Limon project consists of 125 GE 1.6-MW wind turbines. In addition to the wind farms, an about 45-mile-long, 345-kV transmission line was built to interconnect the wind farms to the Missile Site substation in Arapahoe County.
The Limon I and II projects are NextEra Energy Resources’ fourth and fifth wind projects in Colorado, bringing its combined installed capacity to about 975 MW, or enough power for more than 450,000 average homes. Xcel Energy, through its subsidiary, Public Service Co. of Colorado, purchases all of the output from NextEra Energy Resources’ wind facilities in Colorado.
At the peak of construction, the two projects directly employed more than 300 workers. During the initial 25 years of operation, NextEra Energy Resources estimates the two projects will generate about $130 million in the form of state and local tax payments and landowner royalties.
The Limon I and II Wind Energy Centers are part of the about 1,500 MW of U.S. wind projects that NextEra Energy Resources expects to bring into service by the end of 2012. This will be the biggest wind program ever completed in this country in a single year and will push NextEra Energy Resources’ total wind portfolio over the 10,000 MW mark.