SOURCE: juwi Wind

juwi Wind

July 12, 2012 13:56 ET

juwi Wind Commences Construction of the Community Wind South Wind Project in Minnesota

Project Features Community Participation and the Tallest Turbines in the State

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) - juwi Wind has commenced construction of the 30 MW Community Wind South wind farm in Nobles County, Minnesota. The project northwest of Worthington will feature the tallest turbines in the state.

"juwi is proud to start construction on Community Wind South and transform the local community's vision into a reality of economic benefits and jobs for Nobles County. The project, which has been years in the making, will deliver a reliable source of renewable power for Xcel Energy, America's #1 wind utility," stated juwi Wind North America CEO Michael Rucker.

"juwi has enjoyed tremendous support from the community, landowners, state regulators and Xcel Energy. Minnesota is a great place that knows how to do wind. Our local partners trusted us to deliver for them and we did," added Aaron Peterson, juwi's Community Relations and Regulatory Affairs Manager.

juwi will construct and operate the project and members of the community will own a portion of it. The power will be sold to Xcel Energy under a long-term purchase agreement.

The first foundation has been poured for 15 REpower MM92, 2 MW turbines with a 100 meter hub-height that will be delivered over the summer and early fall. Signal Energy Constructors will construct the project which will be completed in October, 2012.

"We are pleased that the partnership with juwi has allowed us to move forward and finish the project this year," commented David Benson, Chairman of Community Wind South, LLC.

"This community-based wind resource will contribute clean, renewable energy to our customers and fulfills commitments made as we build needed transmission infrastructure to improve system reliability and move renewable energy to market," said Judy Poferl, president and CEO of Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. "This project also allows us to capture, for the benefit of our customers, the value of federal tax credits set to expire at the end of 2012 and helps us meet aggressive renewable energy requirements."

Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis.

juwi Wind, LLC is based in Boulder, CO and is the North American subsidiary of the juwi Group, a major international developer of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects. juwi has been designing, building and operating plants that harness renewable energy since 1996, and to date juwi has installed approximately 540 wind turbines worldwide at 106 sites, producing a total output of approximately 950 MW. The company is named for founders Fred Jung and Matthias Willenbacher and is based in Worrstadt, Germany.

Contact Information