Sep 14 (Renewables Now) - Construction work on a 44.6-MW wind farm in Minnesota proposed by Fagen Engineering LLC is likely to begin as early as next spring, the West Central Tribune writes today.
According to the report, the developer previously expected to break ground on the so-called Palmer's Creek project this autumn but works will now be delayed as the permitting process has not been completed. Fagen Engineering has only been issued a draft permit by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which does not allow it to begin construction. It expects to obtain a final permit in late November or December.
PUC will be accepting public comments on the scheme until September 21. A public hearing was held last week.
The Palmer's Creek project involves the installation of 18 turbines on agricultural land near Granite Falls in Chippewa County. The plant will be powered by two turbines of 2.3 MW and 16 units with capacities of 2.5 MW each. The machines will be mounted on turbine towers with heights of 262.4 ft (80 metres) and 295.2 ft, respectively. Deliveries of the equipment commenced earlier this week.
Once operational, the wind farm is expected to have an output that will be enough to meet the annual power consumption of about 13,000 households.