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Exelon Generation has acquired the 198MW Bluestem wind project in Oklahoma, US, from Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for an undisclosed amount.

Located in Beaver county, the project is being developed by RES.

The onshore wind project will be equipped with 60 of Vestas 3.3MW V117 wind turbine generators (WTGs).

Vestas Americas president Chris Brown said: "I am pleased to see the 3MW platform continuing to work as a solution for our customers in what traditionally has been a 2MW market."

Construction works for the power project are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Once operational, the project will have the capacity to deliver nearly 845,000MWh of clean energy annually to the Southern Power Pool electrical system. It will be sufficient to meet power requirements of more than 77,000 households in the country.

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RES has signed a power purchase agreement with Google in December for the power generated at the farm.

"RES is pleased to work with Exelon and Google in the pursuit of making data centres greener for the economy of tomorrow."

Google has purchased wind and solar power projects totalling 842MW, as part of its strategy to power the entire operations, including data centres, with renewable energy by 2025.

RES chief executive Glen Davis said: "RES is pleased to work with Exelon and Google in the pursuit of making data centres greener for the economy of tomorrow.

"Renewable energy generation will play a critical role for leading companies across the country as they strive to reduce their environmental footprint and secure long-term economic renewable resources to power their industries."

Bluestem is the seventh wind energy project for RES in the US state. The firm has equipped Oklahoma with more than 850MW of the wind energy till date.

Image: The plant will have the capacity to power over 77,000 households in the country. Photo: courtesy of Gualberto107 /