US-based power producer EDF Renewable Energy has signed an asset purchase agreement with Otter Tail Power Company (OTPC) to deliver clean energy through the 150MW Merricourt wind project in North Dakota.
Under the terms of the agreement, EDF will construct the project and OTPC will take it over upon completion. Merricourt wind project will feature 75 Vestas V110-2.0MW wind turbines, which will be manufactured at Vestas facility in Colorado.
The project site is located on the south of Edgeley in McIntosh and Dickey Counties and will spread across approximately 13,700 acres.
EDF Renewable Energy's executive vice-president Ryan Pfaff said: “We are excited to be partnering with Otter Tail Power Company to deliver competitively priced, clean energy to OTPC’s customers through the Merricourt wind project.
“The project will also provide an economic boost to the North Dakota economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.”
The project is expected to create 150 jobs and ten long-term, full-time positions, as well as inject millions of dollars in economic benefits to the local area.
Otter Tail Power Company's president Tim Rogelstad said: “Our North Dakota service area has some of the best wind resources in the country to produce low-cost energy. And, because of advances in technology, this windfarm will have a high energy output, even by North Dakota standards.”
The project is expected to begin commercial operations in 2019 and will have the capacity to generate electricity to power approximately 65,000 homes.