RES gets final Pleasant Valley permit

Developer Renewable Energy Systems Americas has obtained the two final permits it needs to begin construction in May of the 200MW Pleasant Valley wind farm in Minnesota, with Vestas expected to supply 100 2MW turbines.

The Mower County conditional use permits allow RES Americas to build a substation and also a 4.95-mile 161-KV transmission line connecting it to a larger substation.

Once built, the developer will sell the wind farm to Xcel Energy.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission recently approved the developer’s application to amend the site permit from the original 301MW nameplate capacity project to 200MW, which is the amount Xcel Energy’s Northern States Power unit has agreed to purchase under a long-term agreement.

Last September, RES Americas and Vestas announced an umbrella turbine supply agreement for up to 610MW with a firm 60MW order.  It was unclear if Pleasant Valley would be part of that deal.

The PUC decision enables RES Americas to utilize taller 311.7-foot (95-metre) towers and reconfigure the project

Plans call for Pleasant Valley to enter service in fourth quarter 2015.