December 6 (Renewables Now) - Black Hills Corp (NYSE:BKH) said Thursday its electric utilities in South Dakota and Wyoming received the regulatory green light to expand the size of the 40-MW Corriedale wind project by 12.5 MW and increase the offering of the wind farm’s accompanying subscriber programme by the same amount.
As a result, the project near Cheyenne in the state of Wyoming will have to add five more wind turbines to meet the newly-permitted capacity of 52.5 MW.
The initial project cost of USD 57 million (EUR 51.4m) has also risen to USD 79 million, Black Hills said, adding that subscriber interest in the wind farm’s output warranted its expansion.
Earlier, the South Dakota and Wyoming utilities, operating as Black Hills Energy, filed a joint application to build the Corriedale wind farm to 40 MW of capacity and set up the related subscribers programme, named Renewable Ready. The application was successful.
The plan to commission the Corriedale wind farm some time in late 2020 has not changed.
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