EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company have announced the start of commercial operations at the 200MW Golden Plains Wind Project located in Iowa.

Equipped with 82 wind turbines, the wind farm is located in the counties of Winnebago and Kossuth, in Iowa’s north-central region.

The facility is expected to generate clean energy that will be sufficient to power nearly 73,000 Iowa homes annually.

EDF Renewables north region development vice-president Kate O’Hair said: “We are pleased to partner with Alliant Energy to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Golden Plains Wind Project.

“The project provides an economic boost to Iowa’s economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”

With the completion of the Golden Plains wind facility, EDF Renewables is said to have developed or commissioned a wind energy capacity of 1.4GW in the state.

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The project has created hundreds of employment opportunities during the construction phase, as well as injecting millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

The Golden Plains wind project is part of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company plan, under which it aims to own 1,299MW of wind generation capacity in the state by the end of the year.

Additionally, the company has set a target to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 across its entire service area in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company president Terry Kouba said: “Wind energy is a win for Iowans. This project benefits customers and the environment through reductions in emissions and fuel costs.

“It also gives landowners lease payments, and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.”