IEA wins 250-MW wind farm construction job from Invenergy

Invenergy wind farm. Source: Invenergy (

January 12 (Renewables Now) - Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc (NASDAQ:IEA) said on Tuesday it has secured a USD-75-million (EUR 66m) deal for the engineering and construction of a 250-MW wind farm in Illinois.

The contract to IEA’s wholly-owned subsidiary White Construction was placed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC for the Sapphire Sky wind project. Invenergy is the developer of the scheme, while Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC) last summer agreed to become its majority owner by purchasing a 90% stake.

White Construction will be in charge of installing the wind park’s 64 turbines and will also build close to 20 miles of private-land access roads. Works on the project are already ongoing in McLean County and are expected to be finalised in the last quarter of this year. The power plant will be equipped with a mix of V150-4.2 MW and V136-3.45 MW turbines in 3.6-MW operating mode, supplied by Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS).

Around 300 new jobs are planned to be created during the construction phase.

To date, IEA has constructed more than 20 GW of renewable energy plants across North America, the company noted.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.880)

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