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Pleasant Valley Wind Farm

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Key Facts:

Location: Austin, MN
Power Production Capability: Up to 200 megawatts from 100 wind turbines
In-service date: 2015 
Fuel source: Wind

Interesting Features

Pleasant Valley spans nearly 25,000 acres of property near Austin in southern Minnesota. It is located adjacent to our Grand Meadow wind farm and will generate enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes. The amount of electricity generated is determined by the wind's speed. The wind turbines are equipped with three variable pitch blades enabling power output to be controlled if desired. 

Environmental Highlights

Wind is a clean, renewable resource and Xcel Energy is ranked by the American Wind Energy Association as the nation’s No. 1 wind power provider.

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