Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of US-based power company Ameren, has signed an agreement to acquire a 400MW wind farm in northeast Missouri, US, following its construction.
Ground-breaking of the facility, which will be built by an affiliate of Terra-Gen, is expected to take place next year.
Ameren Missouri president Michael Moehn said: “We are excited to take this transformative step to bring more renewable generation to our customers. Adding more wind energy will help us achieve our goal to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050.”
The wind farm will feature 175 American-made wind turbines that are technologically advanced and will stand more than 450ft above the ground.
Ameren Missouri power operations and energy management vice-president Ajay Arora said: “This major wind development would benefit our customers, the communities we serve and the environment.
“Our state would also benefit from continued investment and economic growth, including hundreds of construction jobs, as well as permanent jobs when the turbines are in service.”
Energy generated at the wind farm can power an estimated 120,000 homes by 2020.
The acquisition is reported to be in line with Ameren Missouri’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year outlook that supports cleaner energy in the state.
For executing its plan, the company is planning to invest nearly $1b into build wind generation projects in Missouri and possibly neighbouring states, resulting in at least 700MW of new wind-generated energy by 2020.
In addition to the wind farms, Ameren Missouri is planning to add 100MW of solar-generated energy over the next ten years, with 50MW targeted to come online by 2025.