Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), a leader in infrastructure construction for the renewable energy sector, announced this Tuesday it was awarded by Invenergy with a $50 million wind contract.
Firstly, the contract was awarded to IEA Constructors, a subsidiary of IEA that manages utility-scale renewable energy and heavy civil infrastructure projects.
Secondly, the contract is for the construction of the Plymouth Wind Energy Center, which will be a 200 megawatts wind farm in northwest Iowa.
Thirdly, works at the site began in April and will be completed in late 2021; according to the company’s statement IEA will self-perform all of the engineering, procurement and also construction needs of the project.
Moreover, this would include the construction of project roads, installation of foundations; also, offloading of equipment and erection of 73 GE wind turbine generators.
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IEA further expands its portfolio and Iowa’s investment in clean energy
In addition, this contract will also further expand Iowa’s clean energy generation investments. According to the American Clean Power Association, Iowa is the third in the US for operating wind, solar and energy storage capacity, with over $19 billion in capital invested in renewable energy projects to date.
Furthermore, Iowa was also the first state in the nation to generate more than 30% of its total electricity from wind power; also, as of this past year, wind energy officially surpassed coal as Iowa’s largest single source of electricity.
On the other hand, the contract also expands IEA’s construction portfolio. To date, the company has constructed more than 20 gigawatts of renewable energy projects across North America. In fact, it ranked #2 for wind construction amongst Engineering News-Record’s 2020 Top 400 Contractors.
Consequently, JP Roehm, IEA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said about the matter. “IEA is very pleased to not only leverage our expertise in wind construction in our partnership with Invenergy; but also to advance Iowa’s position as a national leader in renewable energy.”
Finally, he concluded. “As technological advancements continue to drive down costs; wind energy has proven to be one of the most affordable, stable; and also clean sources of new energy generation in Iowa.”