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Blazing Star 1 Construction Update

The Blazing Star 1 wind farm is fully operational in Lincoln County. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to all property owners, businesses, local government leaders and others whose hospitality and cooperation helped in the completion of the 200-megawatt wind facility. Blazing Star 1 will generate enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes with clean and carbon free energy. We understand the construction of such a large project impacts the local community and we are sincerely grateful for everyone’s partnership and patience (view press release).

In a first for an Xcel Energy Minnesota wind project, an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) will be deployed. The technology will allow for the flashing red lights on the turbines to only be turned on when radar detects a plane within three nautical miles of the nearest turbine. We anticipate the radar network will be operational by the end of 2020.

Restoration crews will return this spring for clean-up, reseeding, drain tile repair and other restoration work. If you have any specific questions or requests regarding restoration, please contact Chad Peterson at 612.330.7825 or (view project update). Please contact Adam Steadland at 612.337.2204 or for payment-related questions.

The Blazing Star 1 Wind became operational in April 2020.

Blazing Star 2 Wind Farm Update

Construction will start this spring on Xcel Energy’s Blazing Star 2 wind project in Lincoln County. Once road restrictions are removed, crews will start building access roads to turbine sites and will use specialized machinery to bury 96 miles of underground collection cable. Landowners may also see ATV’s driving crane path routes this spring.

Construction is underway on the 7.5 mile, 115 kilovolt transmission line that will deliver the electricity generated from the wind farm to the electric grid (view project update).

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Additional Information

Blazing Star 1 Fact Sheet (PDF)

Learn How a Wind Farm is Built

August 2019 Project Update (PDF)

March 2019 Project Update (PDF)

January 2019 Project Update (PDF)

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