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Construction complete on 304MW US wind farm

Ohio onshore 152-turbine site will be one of the world’s largest wind facilities

The Blue Creek wind farm in Ohio
The Blue Creek wind farm in Ohio

Construction is complete on a world-beating US wind farm. IBERDROLA, the global leader in renewable energy, has completed construction of the Blue Creek onshore wind farm in Ohio. It is one of the largest onshore facilities in the world with installed capacity of 304MW.

Blue Creek is situated in six municipalities in the counties of Van Wert and Paulding, Ohio and features 152 Gamesa G90 turbines, with unit capacity of 2MW standing 100m-high. Iberdrola said the project generated 20 new permanent jobs in the local area and employed more than 500 people during its construction, involving 20 local companies.

IBERDROLA had previously signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the US firm FirstEnergy Solutions Corp, subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp for 100MW of the energy generated by this facility over the next 20 years.

IBERDROLA has also started work this month on the Manzana wind power project, another key renewables initiative in the US, which is located near the town of Rosamond in California and will have installed capacity of 189MW.

The Company has also signed two agreements for the power generated by this facility, one with the San Diego Gas & Electric company, which will receive the power generated by 100MW over the next 20 years, and another with the city of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power, which will receive the energy produced by 50MW over the same period. 

IBERDROLA oversees its US renewables operations from headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and has over 850 employees in the country. It is the second largest wind power company in the country by installed capacity with over 5,200MW.

Wind farm developments will be one of the many topics discussed at BigSwitch Offshore Wind. The international event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is sponsoring, is taking place in Glasgow on 26th and 27th June. It aims to advance technological developments across global offshore wind by encouraging the European renewable energy industry to work with key delegations from the world’s biggest emerging markets, including China and India, as well as the US. For more information on the event, please email RET Editor Heath Reidy at heath.reidy@bric.com.