January 9 (Renewables Now) - Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA), or IEA, has received a contract to install a 250-MW wind farm in Illinois on behalf of Chicago-based Invenergy LLC.
The deal covers the construction of the Blooming Grove Wind Energy Centre, the installation of which was kicked off in September 2019 in McLean County. The power plant is scheduled to become fully operational at the end of this year, IEA said on Wednesday.
The infrastructure construction company will be responsible for building project roads and turbine foundations and will install the wind farm’s 94 turbines. Once up and running, the plant will be able to generate enough electricity to supply 69,000 homes per year, with the output to be fed into the Illinois power grid.
Invenergy is the developer of the Blooming Grove project. In December 2019, the Chicago-based firm tasked IEA with the construction of its 300-MW Thunderhead wind project in Nebraska, planned to go live in September 2020.
“Momentum in wind energy is substantial across more than a dozen states and in several regions of the country, providing IEA both strong demand and geographic diversity,” said JP Roehm, IEA’s CEO. He added that the company expects activity on the wind market to remain “robust” in 2020 and beyond.