Houston, Texas-based renewables developer Connectgen LLC has been granted approval for the interconnection of its 504-MW Rail Tie wind farm in Wyoming, it said on Tuesday.
The wind park will be hooked to the grid of Colorado-based Western Area Power Administration. The utility has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that greenlights two interconnection requests by ConnectGen to link the facility through an existing transmission line running through the project site.
To be installed in Wyoming’s Albany County, The Rail Tie wind farm will be built at a cost exceeding USD 500 million (EUR 488.4m). During its construction and operational lifespan, the plant is expected to bring USD 130 million in state and local tax revenues, the developer estimates.
Up to 120 turbines of about 4.2 MW each are planned to be installed in two identical phases of around 252 MW. The wind farm is scheduled to go online by the end of 2023.
The Rail Tie project already has in place a wind energy conservation system permit and siting approval from Wyoming regulators. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the scheme was released in November last year.
ConnectGen currently has 139 MW of greenfield capacity in operation and more than 20 GW of wind, solar and battery storage projects under development in the US.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.977)
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