Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a commercial brand of Duke Energy, announced this Wednesday it will begin the construction of a 207-megawatts capacity wind energy project in Iowa. It will be the company’s first project of this kind in the state.
The Ledyard Windpower project will be in Kossuth County, Iowa. Once in operation, it will boost the company’s wind capacity to over 3,100 MW. Indeed, the project will provide enough renewable energy to power around 72,450 U.S. homes.
Moreover, the project will also have indirect economic benefits for the community that surrounds the project; like increased local spending in the service and also construction industries. It will also create approximately 200 jobs during peak construction.
In addition, the project will provide significant local tax revenues during assessment years of commercial operation to the county and local school districts, as well as meaningful payments to participating landowners.
On the other hand, the Ledyard Windpower will be complete by the end of 2022. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, along with Amshore Renewable Energy, developed the project.
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Duke Energy with more than 10,000MW of renewables
Furthermore, construction activities and full mobilization on the grounds was conducted by Wanzek Construction. The project will have wind turbines by Vestas. The company will supply 46 Vestas V150 4.5-MW turbines for the project. In contrast, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will perform the site’s long-term maintenance and operations.
After such a development, the company became a true leader in renewable energy developments. In fact, the company reached more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy, and the company has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050.
Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions said about the project. “We’re excited to enter into the Iowa market, a state that has valuable wind resources and is ranked second in wind energy generation.”
Finally, he also remarked. “Ledyard Windpower will not only add cleaner energy and economic value to Kossuth County, but it will also contribute to Duke Energy’s goal of reaching 47,000 MW of renewable energy by 2050.”