Nobles Wind Farm is now operationalMINNEAPOLIS — The new Nobles Wind Farm is fully operational and supplying electricity to the regional transmission grid.
MINNEAPOLIS — The new Nobles Wind Farm is fully operational and supplying electricity to the regional transmission grid.
The 201-megawatt wind farm in northern and central Nobles County is the second wind project completed by Xcel Energy in Minnesota. The wind farm consists of 134, 1.5-megawatt General Electric wind turbines that together can generate enough power to serve approximately 66,500 homes.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in June 2009 allowed Xcel Energy to include the Nobles Wind Farm in its plan to meet the state’s Renewable Energy Standard.
With the addition of the Nobles Wind Farm, Xcel Energy receives energy from nearly 1,500 megawatts of wind-powered generation on its Upper Midwest system. Company plans include an inventory of approximately 3,000 megawatts of both owned and purchased wind power capacity in the Upper Midwest by 2020.