Xcel Energy-Colorado has received approval from our regulators to build, own and operate a new 600-megawatt wind facility in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties—an area rich with wind power resources. The project will include two wind farms, 300 Vestas wind turbines, and approximately 83 miles of transmission line to connect and carry wind power output to homes and businesses across the state. Learn more about the transmission line. When complete in 2018, the project will be the largest wind generating facility in the state and will produce enough electricity to power about 325,000 homes.
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Wind turbine construction is nearing completion with all turbines at Rush Creek I, and 90 of the 110 turbines at Rush Creek II have been erected. The Rush Creek I substation has received power from the transmission line, and crews are currently walking circuits to energize towers and perform final commissioning. The final segment of the transmission line was energized in August 2018, and the wind farm is scheduled to begin operations in September.
All transmission structures have been erected on the 43-mile segment between the new Pronghorn Substation and the Missile Site Substation. The stringing of conductor (wire) on the segment started in January. A helicopter is being used to assist in the stringing process. Structure setting on the 40-mile segment between Pronghorn Substation and Rush Creek II Substation is expected to be completed in late March. A helicopter will not be used to help string conductor on the Pronghorn to Rush Creek II segment.
For construction-related questions, please call 800-274-6992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the video below to see a quick time lapse of construction crews "topping off" a turbine and see how these projects come to life.
First turbine blade delivery.
Turbine blade unloading.
Transmission tower construction.
Project hotline: 800-274-6992
Colorado Media Line (for reporter inquiries): 303-294-2300
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