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Jayhawk Wind construction contract awarded to IEA; valued at $70M

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Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (IEA) has secured the construction contract for the Jayhawk Wind project valued at approximately $70 million. The contract was awarded to IEA by Apex Clean Energy.

Firstly, the contract was awarded to IEA Constructors, a subsidiary of IEA that specializes in utility-scale renewable energy and civil infrastructure projects.

Secondly, the contract contemplates the construction of a utility-scale wind farm, to be located in Bourbon and Crawford counties, in the southeast of Kansas. The total capacity for the complex would be at around 190 megawatts that would be fed into the local grid.

Thirdly, construction works at the site began in late February; the project would be operational by the end of 2021.

In addition, according to the statement, Apex will manage the construction of the project, while IEA will “self-perform all of the engineering, procurement and construction needs of the project; including the construction of roads, the installation of collection systems, foundations and also substations; as well as the erection of 70 GE wind turbine generators.”

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Moreover, “wind energy is an essential part of Kansas’ electricity generation; IEA is excited to partner with Apex Clean Energy to continue the state’s transition to a carbon-neutral footprint,” said Chris Hanson, IEA’s Executive VP of Renewable Energy.

While also remarking: “IEA will be able to minimize the construction’s environmental impact. In addition to contributing to the state’s goal of carbon neutrality, we are pleased to be able to bring continued employment to the state; and also support local merchants, equipment suppliers and more by reducing their need to import clean electricity from other states.”

On the other hand, Ken Young, COO at Apex Clean Energy said. “We are thrilled to partner with industry leader IEA to make Jayhawk Wind — Apex’s second project in Kansas — a reality.”

As we reported previously, the Jayhawk Wind project recently secured further parterships, especially with WEC Energy and Facebook. WEC Energy, along with Invenergy, recently purchased the Jayhawk Wind farm from Apex.

Finally, this agreement included a power purchase agreement from Facebook. In fact, this was the fourth agreement of the tech company with Apex.

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