ComEd, Illinois Wind Energy and Tomen Power Corp. announced plans for creating the “first commercial wind farm in Illinois,” according to the companies. The Crescent Ridge wind energy project will become one of the largest wind farms east of the Mississippi River and will generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 20,000 Illinois homes.
Under the agreement, ComEd will purchase the entire output of the 51 MW wind generating facility.
“Wind power is a desirable alternate source of energy because it is renewable and environmentally friendly,” said Arlene Juracek, ComEd vice president of regulatory and strategic services. “ComEd is excited to help pave the way for turning the dream of wind power into reality for the people of Illinois.”
The Crescent Ridge wind energy project will be located across 2,200 acres of farmland in Bureau County, Illinois, though the wind turbine facilities themselves will actually take up less than 20 acres of land. (All the land will continue to be farmed, except what is needed for the wind facilities themselves.) The project is expected to be completed in mid 2003.
Illinois Wind Energy and Tomen Power Corp. are co-owners and co-developers of the project. Tomen Power Corp., which is financing the project, is a subsidiary of Tomen Power Holding Co. NEG Micon has been selected as the preferred supplier of 34 new, 1.5 MW wind turbines for the project.