We are hosting a virtual public open house on December 1 from 6-7 p.m. Please join us by phone, computer or other mobile device to learn more about the proposed project and ask questions. We will introduce you to the project team. You may need to download the Zoom application before joining the meeting.
If joining by phone for audio only, dial +1 720-928-9299. When prompted for a webinar ID use 989 6973 1068 and passcode 058014.
A recording of the meeting will be posted on this website.
Xcel Energy has announced plans to upgrade the Nobles Wind Farm with new technology as part of the company’s proposed $3 billion in incremental and accelerated investments to help the region’s economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19. Xcel Energy is proposing to upgrade four wind farms it currently owns and purchase energy from three other wind projects through power purchase agreements.
The seven proposed projects will deliver 720 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, enough to power more than 378,000 homes annually while providing landowners and local governments more than $9 million in annual tax and lease payments.
The Nobles upgrade project, which would start construction in the spring of 2022 and be complete by the end of 2022 (restoration may fall into 2023), would include adding longer blades, increasing the rotor diameter from 77 meters to 97 meters, and upgrading other components within the turbine. No new wind turbines would be added and the existing access roads and underground power lines (collection lines) would not be changed. The project would require Xcel Energy to operate a crane at each existing wind turbine site, crossing fields as necessary to move the crane from wind turbine to wind turbine. Xcel Energy land agents and contractors will be reaching out to affected landowners in 2020.
Xcel Energy’s Nobles Wind Project spans a stretch of farm fields 7 miles long and 8 miles wide northwest of Worthington, Minn., and taps into some of the best wind resources in the nation
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