Wind farms come to Colorado

PPM Energy and Shell WindEnergy are developing a large wind power project in the state of Colorado that, once completed, is expected to generate 162MW of power.

PPM Energy and Shell WindEnergy are developing a large wind power project in the state of Colorado.

Located near the town of Lamar in Prowers County, the 162MW Colorado Green Wind Project is being built by GE Wind Energy using 108 1.5MW turbines with 70.5-metre- diameter rotor blades installed on 80-metre towers. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2003.

Power generated by the Colorado Green project will be delivered under a long-term contract to the 1.3 million Colorado customers of Xcel Energy.

‘With this project, Shell WindEnergy will increase its US installed gross capacity of projects in which we have an equity interest from 392 MW to 554MW. In addition to Colorado Green, we are collaborating with Scottish Power on the development of an offshore wind project in the UK and hope, in time, to work together on further projects on both sides of the Atlantic,’ said David Jones, executive vice president of Shell WindEnergy.

While the project will spans approximately 11,840 acres, owned by 14 landowners, the actual footprint of the space used by the turbines will uses less than 2% of the total acreage. The remainder will continue to be used for ranching and grazing. In addition to the creation of 10 to 15 full-time jobs in the community, the project is also expected to provide more than $2 million a year in property tax revenues.

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