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Freeborn Wind Farm

Key Facts

Project Update

Construction activities continue on this project. Current activities include building foundations for the wind turbines, setting structures for the transmission line, working on the constructing the Operations and Maintenance building and working on the underground collection system. Public road improvements are also taking place. The road work includes blading and adding 2 to 6 inches of gravel. Several roadways (listed below) will be significantly improved. Roads in the project area will remain open and accessible to local traffic while these improvements are being made but there could be slight traffic delays in some areas.

The road improvements will take several weeks to complete and then become part of an ongoing maintenance process on an as-needed basis. Water trucks will continue to address dust control issues throughout the summer. Please use extra caution while driving on area roads as significant construction traffic will be present throughout the remainder of the year.

Iowa

Minnesota 

Construction is underway on the transmission line that will connect the wind project to the electric grid in Minnesota, and on the electric substation and operations and maintenance building in Shell Rock Township. Delivery and erection of the turbines is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020. 

Xcel Energy and our contractors are taking extra precautions to stay safe during the COVID-19 illness, including limiting visitors on job sites. We ask you to please call ahead prior to visiting the project office. You can reach us at 612.342.8945 or by emailing freebornwind@xcelenergy.com. To learn more about Xcel Energy’s response to COVID-19 visit our website at xcelenergy.com/covid-19_response.

Construction Timeline

We are committed to working closely with landowners, local governments and others to successfully build and operate the Freeborn Wind Farm. View the project info sheet (PDF).

Our representatives will be in contact with landowners regarding when work will begin in your area. Please check back for project updates. If you would like to receive email project updates please send your contact information to freebornwind@xcelenergy.com.

This project is integral to meeting our ambitious plan to reduce our carbon emissions more than 80 percent in the Upper Midwest by 2030 and put us on the path to achieve our vision of 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050.

In August 2019, we made filings with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) to transfer the Site Permit to us and for approval of an updated project layout that includes an updated turbine model. In December 2019 the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved an upgrade of 32 Vestas 116 model turbines to the Vestas V120 model in Minnesota. The V120 turbine delivers more stable energy production with higher output at lower wind speeds. More details are available on the Commission website by searching docket number 17-410.

Each turbine will be approximately 80 meters tall from ground to the nacelle (center of the blades that houses the generator)

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Contact Us

You can submit questions or comments about the Freeborn Wind Farm by calling 612.342.8945 or by emailing freebornwind@xcelenergy.com

 

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