juwi Wind has begun the construction of a 30MW Community Wind South wind farm located in Nobles County, Minnesota, US.

The company will construct the wind farm and will use 15 turbine units of REpower MM92 with a generating capacity of 2MW and a hub-height of 100m.

Xcel Energy will buy the electricity generated from the project under a long-term purchase agreement.

juwi’s community relations and regulatory affairs manager Aaron Peterson said, "juwi has enjoyed tremendous support from the community, landowners, state regulators and Xcel Energy."

Xcel Energy Northern States Power president and CEO Judy Poferl said the community-based wind resource will contribute clean, renewable energy as it builds the needed transmission infrastructure to improve system reliability and move renewable energy to market.

"This project also allows us to capture, for the benefit of our customers, the value of federal tax credits set to expire at the end of 2012 and helps us meet aggressive renewable energy requirements," Poferl said.

juwi will also operate the wind farm while a part of the project will be owned by the members of the community.

The foundation work for the turbines is being constructed by Signal Energy Constructors and will be completed in October, 2012.

US based juwi Wind is the North American subsidiary of the juwi Group, a major international developer of wind, solar and other renewable energy projects and US based Xcel Energy is an electricity and natural gas company.