Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas), a company engaged in the development and construction of renewable energy projects, has started balance of plant (BOP) construction of the 343MW Lower Snake River (LSR) wind project (phase I).

The BOP construction includes all infrastructure of the project (roads, foundation, electrical infrastructure and other structures) and specifically excludes the supply, installation and commissioning of wind turbines.

The wind project will consist of 149 2.3MW Siemens turbines installed on nearly 40,000 acres of leased farmland near the town of Pomeroy in Garfield County, Washington.

RES Americas sold its interest in the project’s development assets to Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in 2009, at which time PSE assumed the role of owner and developer of the LSR wind project. RES Americas is serving as the project’s prime construction contractor.

Kimberly Harris, executive vice president and chief resource officer of PSE, said: “We’re excited about constructing phase I of the Lower Snake River wind project, our third major wind facility.

“This project builds on our success with Hopkins Ridge and Wild Horse, which are already generating 430MW of clean, renewable power.”