The Grande Prairie Wind Farm is a 400 megawatt wind farm under development in Holt County, Nebraska. The project is a development of Geronimo Energy, LLC, a utility-scale developer based out of Edina, Minnesota. The Grande Prairie Wind Farm’s footprint spans approximately 50,000 acres. Geronimo plans to construct up to 266 turbines and will work with both local and nationally respected construction partners to bring the project to completion.
|Operational Capacity:||400 MW|
|Location:||Holt County, Nebraska|
|Project Developer:||Geronimo Energy|
|Number of Turbines:||~173 – 266|
|Acres Participating:||Over 50,000|
|Landowner Payments:||~$2.5 million/ year|
|Community Fund:||Up to $80,000/ year|
|Tax Revenue:||~$2.6 million/ year|
In 2008, the development of the Grande Prairie Wind Farm began under the management of Midwest Wind Energy Development Group. The goal for the project was to export wind energy out of Nebraska. The interconnection for Grande Prairie was then (and is now) on a 345kV transmission line owned and operated by the Western Area Power Administration (“Western”), and it took Midwest approximately 36 months to complete the transmission studies. In February of 2012, Grande Prairie Wind, LLC began the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process, which is required of any project greater than 50 MWs on Western’s transmission system. In the spring of 2013, Geronimo Energy purchased Grande Prairie Wind, LLC from Midwest Wind Energy Development Group. Later that same year, the Omaha Public Power District board of directors passed a resolution for its executive staff to finalize a Power Purchase Agreement for 400MWs for the Grande Prairie Wind Farm.
HOLT COUNTY, NE
Holt County is located in north central Nebraska. The Grande Prairie project is a well-elevated and ideal location for wind development. The land is almost exclusively used for agriculture and/or grazing with few trees or obstructions. It is very compatible with the establishment of wind turbines and has received broad community support. The average wind speed in Holt County, measured at 80 meters, is 19 miles per hour. The prevailing wind direction is typically from the north and south.