Wind Farm to Affect Western Minnesota

Wind Farm to Affect Western Minnesota

By Energy CIO Insights | Friday, February 22, 2019

The unthoughtful use of conventional sources of energy has propelled the world to look at the renewable sources to keep the wheel of civilization rolling. The research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has shown that the U.S. is able to generate most of its electricity from leveraging renewable sources by 2050.

Two different projects from Xcel Energy and Fagen Inc. have the potential to change the energy landscape of Western Minnesota. Xcel Energy has dismantled the former coal-fired plant which stopped working in 2004. This coal plant was an important provider of property taxes, but after the whole process, an electrical substation will be there, and it will keep the tag of a major taxpayer paying $478,000. The company has not yet announced further projects in this area. Xcel Energy believes in the supply of clean energy to meet the needs of households and industries and is aimed at supplying 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050.

Fagen Inc. has installed 18 wind turbines near Minnesota River Valley which started its commercial production from December 30, 2018. The Palmer's Creek Wind Farm has been marked as the largest wind farm of this region and has the production capacity of 44.6 MW.

While building this farm, the company had to come across different hurdles like the handling of huge and heavy machinery in a wet-soil condition, and installation of turbines on agricultural lands having an underground drainage system. The company addressed these hindrances successfully and quickly which led this project to the tracks of success. This farm has 16 turbines of 2.5 MW and two turbines of 2.3 MW. This huge farm is not only important to ensure the continuous supply of electricity but ensures the economic growth of the area paying $134,000 annually to the local government and providing scope for employment. So, keeping pace with the growing need of the world, Minnesota has decided to shift toward the renewable source to have a continuous supply of energy.

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