Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Colorado

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy-Colorado has completed construction of the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge wind farm on the Eastern Plains.The 229-turbine facility in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties will provide enough energy to power about 270,000 homes, Xcel Energy said in a statement Wednesday. The project, owned by the utility, was completed ahead of schedule and began operating in August.Earlier in September, Cheyenne Ridge helped Xcel Energy set a record for hourly wind generation in Colorado when the wind power on its system served close to 70% of the energy for customers.Cheyenne Ridge will help move Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest electric utility, closer to its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2030, the company said. And by 2026, more than half of the power produced by Xcel will come from wind and solar energy, according to the utility.The Cheyenne Ridge project will also generate economic benefits for area landowners, Xcel Energy said. Over its life, the wind farm is expected to generate about $107 million in lease payments for landowners and $29 million in new tax revenue.A recent report by the organization The Western Way found that more than 95% of the state’s renewable energy capacity is on the Eastern Plains, producing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in benefits each year.[Judith Kohler]More: Xcel Energy adds to its wind power with completion of Cheyenne Ridge on Eastern Plains Xcel Energy begins commercial operation at 500MW Cheyenne Ridge wind farm in Coloradolast_img read more