Escondido, CA.—May 29, 2008—enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, and Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement to develop and build the 100.5 megawatt Wapsipinicon Wind Project. enXco will own and operate the Wind Project while SMMPA will purchase the project's output over a 20-year period.
The 67 turbine project will use 1.5 MW GE turbines and is expected to be operational by the end of 2008. Located in Mower County, the wind farm follows the successful development of the 100.5 Grand Meadow Wind Farm.
Steve Peluso, enXco's Midwest Regional Development Director stated "enXco is excited to help SMMPA bring the economic and environmental benefits of this wind project to it's municipal members. We have been an active developer in Southwestern Minnesota for a long time, and in 2002 we started developing the Wapsipinicon project as we envisioned transmission availability and good wind resources would provide development opportunities in the Southeastern part of the State. This is actually the second phase of the project, with construction on the first 100.5 MW starting soon for Xcel Energy."
enXco, Inc. (www.enxco.com) an EDF-EN Company (www.edf-energies.nouvelles.com) develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, we have been a leader in wind-energy focusing on large-scale wind projects. Today enXco's portfolio includes solar and biomass technologies, in an effort to help drive our nation's transition to a sustainable energy economy. enXco is a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States, and is the largest third-party operations & maintenance provider for wind farms in North America.
SMMPA, headquartered in Rochester, MN, provides electricity and related services to 18 municipally operated utilities, mostly in south-central and southeastern Minnesota. For more information about SMMPA, visit www.smmpa.com.