US energy firm Engie North America has begun construction of the 196MW East Fork wind project in Thomas County, Kansas, US.
Built as the second phase of the 276MW Solomon Forks wind project, the East Fork wind project will be built near the city of Colby in northwest Kansas.
Engie North America US Wind Development senior vice-president and head Matt Riley said: “East Fork is our third major project to break ground after Engie’s acquisition of the Infinity Renewables wind portfolio in February 2018, bringing our total MW under construction to nearly 700.”
“It’s exciting to be part of a company driving renewable energy development at a meaningful scale. These wind projects provide much more than clean energy. They enable new economic, environmental, and educational opportunities that can make a positive difference in the communities where they reside.”
The East Fork wind project has already signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Brown-Forman to provide clean energy and even entered a proxy revenue swap with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) specialist weather risk team, in collaboration with its partners at Nephila Climate.
Built with a total capital investment of nearly $228m, the project is expected to create significant job opportunities as well as annual payments to landowners under land easements during construction and commercial operation.
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MA Mortenson is serving as the construction general contractor of the project, which will be equipped with 72 GE turbines, each having a capacity of 2.72MW.
East Fork is part of the portfolio recently acquired by a subsidiary of Engie North America from Infinity Power Holdings, a joint venture (JV) between Infinity Renewables and MAP Energy.