Wind farm work to begin in northwest Minnesota

Posted on August 16th, 2013 in News

By Fergus Falls Daily Journal

The town of Rollag will be the center of an estimated $75 million wind energy project, according to the Pelican Rapids Press.

ROLLAG — Over the period of nine weeks, 32 wind turbines and related equipment will be shipped to the town. Shipments are expected to start this month and end in September.

In early November, a wind farm spanning 10,000 acres will be constructed in the area of Clay County about 33 miles southeast of Fargo, N.D. Two other turbines will be located in Cormorant Township in Becker County.

The Lakeswind Power Plant will be the first wind farm of such size and scale in west central Minnesota. It will produce nearly 50 megawatts of power.

The location was selected based on long-term studies on the wind resource available in the area.

It takes eight to nine trucks to transport each turbine for assembly. The crane needed for construction requires 26 semis. Ten to 15 trucks are expected in the area per day during the deliveries.

The wind turbines will be located south of Rollag and the neighboring Steam Threshers Reunion grounds. The towers will rise about 260 feet from the ground and the blades will measure 110 feet.

Each of the 32 turbines are expected to generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity.

The Pelican Rapids-based Lake Region Electric Cooperative is not involved with the project and the wind-generated power will not be distributed locally. It will make its way into the regional grid and sold to Great Lakes Utilities.



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