Indiana-based IEA wins contract to build 300MW wind facility in Kansas


Indiana-based Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) has announced it has won the construction contract for a 300MW, 139-turbine wind facility.

The Neosho Ridge Wind scheme in Kansas is being developed by Apex Clean Energy.

Work is set to begin in August 2019, following the receipt of the Full Notice to Proceed, with the facility expected to be commissioned in the last quarter of 2020. Vestas will supply turbine infrastructure for the project.

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Work will include turbine installation, the construction of a high-voltage substation and transmission line, the installation of a medium-voltage collection system development, as well as the development of turbine access roads and public road maintenance.

Generated power will be fed into the Kansas electrical grid, and once operational, the facility will be expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 100,000 homes.

“The Neosho Ridge Wind project is an excellent example of the continued strong demand for clean energy and the ongoing opportunities we see as the leader in the wind construction business,” said JP Roehm, IEA’s chief executive officer.

The U.S. wind power industry increased its overall capacity by 8% in 2018 to 96,433MW. That more than doubled the capacity level at the start of this decade and is enough to power more than 30 million homes, according to American Wind Energy Association data. New private investment in wind projects installed in 2018 alone exceeded $12 billion.

Additionally, as the cost of developing renewable energy continues to decline, new-build wind capacity is projected to become cost-competitive with existing conventional energy plants in the next decade, according to a 2019 McKinsey & Company analysis.

As such, McKinsey forecasts continued growth in renewable energy investments, including wind, for several years. The share of renewables in global power generation could grow from around 25% today to 50% by 2035 and 75% by 2050, according to the report.