To be built in Logan County in central Illinois, the Sugar Creek Wind will be equipped with 57 turbines to be supplied by Vestas
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), an Indiana-based infrastructure construction company, has bagged a construction contract for the 202MW Sugar Creek Wind Farm in Illinois, US.
The Sugar Creek Wind Farm, to be built in Logan County in central Illinois, is owned by Liberty Power, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities. The wind farm will be equipped with 17 V110-2.0MW turbines and 40 V150-4.2MW turbines to be delivered by Vestas.
Sugar Creek Wind Farm Construction
Under its contract, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives will be responsible for installation of the wind turbines, upgrades and maintenance of public roads, turbine access roads, the construction of a high-voltage project substation connecting the wind farm to the electrical grid, and also installation of the MV collection system.
Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
IEA CEO JP Roehm said: “The Sugar Creek project is another important example of the strong demand for wind power that we are addressing in 2019.”
Work on the Sugar Creek Wind Farm is expected to begin this month with a target to make it fully operational by the fourth quarter of next year.
The wind farm was acquired by the Algonquin Power & Utilities’ subsidiary in December 2018 from Apex Clean Energy. Prior to the sale, Apex Clean Energy signed a long-term contract with the Illinois Power Agency to provide renewable energy certificates from the wind farm to utilities in the state.
Sugar Creek Wind Farm’s construction contractor Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives claims to have assembled over 7,200 wind turbines in North America. The company is said to be among the three Tier 1 wind energy contractors in the US and has completed over 200 wind and solar projects in various parts of North America.
In July 2019, the construction engineering company had secured contracts worth $150m (£137.2m) from EDF Renewables North America for two wind farms in Texas with a combined capacity of 514MW.
EDF Renewables is the lead developer of the two projects, which includes the 272MW Las Majadas Wind Farm in Willacy County and the 242MW Coyote Wind Farm in Scurry County.