June 13 (Renewables Now) - The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) will purchase 50 MW of electricity from a 194-MW wind project in the state, developed by Geronimo Energy.
The agency, which supplies wholesale power to 32 municipal utilities, has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA), it said on Monday. The electricity will come from the Green River wind project, which is being installed in Illinois’ Lee and Whiteside counties.
The 74-turbine plant is slated to begin operations in October. After its commissioning, around 10% of IMEA’s electricity will be sourced from renewables. The 50 MW of contracted power from the Green River wind farm will be able to meet the demand of 16,000 local homes per year.
“This project is a win for all involved. As we continue to diversify our resource portfolio, this project fits our needs to cost effectively add another source of green energy,” said Kevin Gaden, IMEA’s president and CEO. The agency already purchases wind and solar power, as well as electricity from two municipally-owned hydropower plants (HPPs) in Illinois.