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EDF RE commissions 184-MW wind park in Illinois

Wind farm in Illinois. Author: Chauncey Davis. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

December 28 (SeeNews) - US independent power producer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) said on Tuesday that the 184-MW Kelly Creek wind farm in Illinois has commenced commercial operation.

The wind park is located about 60 miles (96.6 km) southwest of Chicago in Ford and Kankakee counties. It consists of 92 units of Vestas’ V100 wind turbines, all components for which were manufactured at the Danish company’s Colorado facilities.

The Kelly Creek plant is estimated to produce enough power a year to supply some 78,000 average Illinois homes. The entire output will be sold into the PJM wholesale market on a merchant basis.

EDF RE, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), which in turn is the renewables arm of French utility EDF (EPA:EDF), has about 8 GW of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed across the US, Canada and Mexico. Its unit EDF Renewable Services, which will provide balance-of-plant operations and maintenance for the Kelly Creek wind farm, has some 11 GW of assets under contract in North America.

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