US-based company Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) has secured a contract to build a new windfarm in western Iowa.
Under the terms of the $67m contract, IEA will be responsible for the construction of the 130MW Richland windfarm in Sac County.
IEA CEO JP Roehm said: “The Richland project demonstrates Iowa’s strong and ongoing commitment to wind energy.
“The state is already home to nearly 9,000 installed megawatts, and there are more than 1,100 additional megawatts currently under construction there.”
The Richland windfarm will be equipped with 53 WTG wind turbines that will be delivered by GE, and the energy generated by the windfarm will be supplied to Iowa’s electrical grid.
IEA will start construction works at the site beginning this month. The project is expected to start its commercial operations by September 2020.
The work scope of IEA includes the construction of project roads, WTG foundations, the MV collection system and the project substation under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.
According to the second-quarter market report released by the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade organisation, Iowa is the second state in the US after Texas in installed wind-generated megawatts.
There was 8.9GW of installed wind power capacity in Iowa as of 30 June, with another 1,122MW under construction.
IEA is an infrastructure construction company and has completed more than 200 wind and solar projects across North America.
The company has assembled more than 7,200 wind turbines across North America.