Infinity green light in North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved developer Infinity Wind Power’s Sunflower wind project for up to 110MW nameplate capacity.

Construction is due to begin in the spring of 2015 and conclude within six to nine months. Project cost is $180m.

In a 3-0 vote, commissioners backed Infinity’s plan to utilize either up to 55 Vestas V110-2MW turbines or up to 59 General Electric 1.85MW machines. Both models have a tower height of 262 feet, but the Vestas turbines would be taller at 443 feet versus 405 feet.

The project will interconnect to a 230kV transmission owned by the Western Area Power Administration, part of the US Energy Department.

Infinity last year signed a long-term agreement to sell all power generated by the project to Basin Electric Cooperative.