28MW Michigan Wind Farm Under Way

February 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Construction is now under way on the 28-megawatt Garden Wind Farm featuring Gamesa Technology Corp.’s G97 2.0 MW Class IIIA model, which was introduced to the U.S. market in 2011. Located on the Garden Peninsula, this project is Gamesa’s first in Michigan.

Heritage Sustainable Energy will develop and own the project, which features 14 turbines on 90-meter towers in Garden Township, Delta County. Project development began in March 2011, and the turbine contract was signed at the end of the year. The wind farm is scheduled to be completed and online by September 2012. Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy will purchase the offtake.

Gamesa’s G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA model is specially designed for low-wind sites, a segment from which the company expects over half of all future on-shore demand. This turbine model increases energy output almost 14% over the previous G90 model. Among other advances, the G97-2.0MW features a new aerodynamic blade tip design and the Gamesa Noise Reduction System control system to ensure maximum output with minimum noise.

“We are excited about our expansion into Michigan. This is an important and emerging market for Gamesa,” said Dave Takash, Vice President of Sales for Gamesa North America. “Our new, advanced turbine design is opening up new development opportunities across the United States. It’s perfectly designed for high energy capture and efficiency in any environment. That means even more communities will be able to take advantage of the full environmental and economic benefits of wind.”

The wind farm will generate continuing financial benefits to leaseholders and tax revenue for the community.  The project is expected to produce dozens of construction jobs and long-term local employment for the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.

“It’s an excellent project and an economic opportunity for Delta County and Garden Township,” Heritage of Sustainable Energy Vice President Rick Wilson says. “It is going to mean around $5 million worth of investment in the local community during the construction process and tens of thousands of dollars in long-term personal property tax revenue to the local community.”


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