The Cedar Creek II is a 250 MW wind farm project coming up in Colorado, USA. The wind farm will be located around 20 miles north of New Raymer in Weld County. It will be to the east of the existing 300 MW Cedar Creek I wind farm which is operating since 2008. Full construction of the wind farm began in September, 2010.
The Cedar Creek II project will add 123 more wind turbines to 274 wind turbines of Cedar Creek I. The electrical output generated from the new wind facility will be hooked up with the existing Cedar Creek I wind farm’s the electrical grid.
Cedar Creek Wind Energy LLC, which owns both the wind energy plants, is a joint venture between BP Alternative Energy (33%) and Infigen Energy (67%), the Australian wind-power producer formerly known as Babcock & Brown. Joining BP Alternative Energy for their share of the project is Sempra Generation who have now become equal partners. These two companies have already teamed up to develop another second phase project, namely the Fowler Ridge II wind farm in Indiana.
“Cedar Creek II is a strategic addition to our growing renewable portfolio in the Western U.S.,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Generation. “This project advances our leadership in sustainable energy development. We look forward to providing a new supply of emission-free electricity to Colorado residents, produced with some of the finest wind resources in the country.”
The Cedar Creek II Wind Farm will comprise 63 GE wind turbines of 1.6 MW each and 60 Nordex wind turbines of 2.5 MW each. The project is expected to cost $300 million to build. Spanish bank Banco Santander and the Paris-based bank Société Générale are providing financing support.
The project will have a capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) and is expected to be in commercial operation in June 2011. Cedar Creek II is backed by a 25-year power purchase agreement with Xcel Energy. The farm will sell its electricity to Xcel Energy Inc.’s Public Service Co. of Colorado.
When fully operational, the wind farm will generate enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 75,000 average American homes. Wind power consumes no fuel, and emits no air pollution. This helps the State of Colorado achieve its renewable energy portfolio target of 30% by 2020.