Wind farm in Oklahoma. Author: U.S. Department of Agriculture. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
The renewables arm of US utility Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) plans to build, own and operate a 200-MW wind park in the state of Oklahoma, boosting its US wind power capacity to over 2 GW.
The Frontier Windpower Project in Kay County is Duke Energy Renewables’ first renewable scheme in Oklahoma, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
Wanzek Construction will build the wind park using 61 units of Vestas’ V126-3.3 MW turbines. Last week, the Danish turbine supplier said it had won a 200-MW order in Oklahoma, without revealing the name of the customer or the project.
Duke Energy Renewables said it expects to accelerate construction of the plant in the first quarter of 2016 and to have it finalised by the end of the year.
Upon completion, the Frontier wind park will be able to generate enough power for about 60,000 households and will be selling its output to City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri under a 22-year deal.