IEA wins $67 million Iowa wind contract to power up state renewables


Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has won the construction of a new wind energy project, the 130MW Richland Wind Farm in Iowa valued at approximately $67 million.

Work on the Richland project is scheduled to begin in late-October with full operation by September 2020. IEA’s work includes all engineering, procurement and construction of project roads, WTG foundations, the MV collection system and the project substation.

The power generated by the project’s planned 53 GE WTG turbines will be delivered into the Iowa electrical grid.

“The Richland project demonstrates Iowa’s strong and ongoing commitment to wind energy,” said JP Roehm, IEA’s chief executive officer. “The state is already home to nearly 9,000 installed megawatts, and there are more than 1,100 additional megawatts currently under construction there.”

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According to the American Wind Energy Association second-quarter market report, Iowa is second only to Texas in installed wind-generated megawatts.

There were 8,957 megawatts of installed wind power capacity in Iowa as of June 30, the report said, with another 1,122 megawatts under construction.