S Dakota regulator gives nod to Xcel's 302-MW wind project

Wind turbines in Texas. Photo by: Xcel Energy (www.xcelenergy.com).

July 12 (Renewables Now) - The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued a conditional permit for construction of the up to 302.4-MW Dakota Range wind farm, the regulator announced on Wednesday.

The USD-380-million (EUR 325.6m) project was developed by Apex Clean Energy and will be built and owned by utility Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL). Planned to be located in South Dakota’s Grant and Codington counties, the plant will use up to 72 turbines that are expected to be up and ready to run in 2021. Equipment will be supplied by Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS).

The conditions set in PUC’s permit include the installation of aircraft detection lighting, detection and measures to address ice on turbine blades and monitoring of birth mortality. Overall, Apex and Xcel must address a total of 42 conditions.

Xcel Energy previously said the project put it on track to be the first utility in US to exceed 10 GW of wind on its system.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.857)

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