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Xcel, Mortenson, Vestas to complete massive wind project

Xcel Energy Inc. plans to complete the Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in eastern Colorado by the end of 2020. The massive project will cover 100,000 acres and use 229 Vestas wind turbines. It will cost about $743 million.

The utility has engaged M.A. Mortenson Co., which does business as Mortenson Construction, to build the  project, according to announcement from Xcel and Mortenson late last week. The 500-megawatt wind project will be the second-largest single-phase wind project in the state. Vestas Wind Systems, with operations at Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo, will be supplying 225-V120 turbines and 25-V110 turbines.

“The Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project is a key part of our Colorado Energy Plan and will be another important component in Xcel Energy’s efforts to achieve its aspirational ‘zero-carbon strategy,’” said Gerald Kelly, Xcel Energy project manager. “We have worked extensively with Mortenson on previous wind projects, including the Rush Creek Wind Project, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship as we move forward with Cheyenne Ridge.”

In addition to furthering Xcel’s ambitious carbon reduction efforts, the new wind project aligns with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ recently announced roadmap for helping the state reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040.

The scope of work includes access roads, foundations, collection, substation, O&M building, turbine erection and tower wiring, Mortenson said in a press release. Mortenson will self-perform all civil, foundation, turbine erection, collection and substation construction.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Xcel Energy and Vestas and contribute toward Colorado’s energy transformation,” said Tim Maag, vice president and general manager at Mortenson. “Building on our recent collaboration and successful completion of the Xcel Energy 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project near Limon.”

According to the American Wind Energy Association, Colorado ranks eighth in the country for installed wind capacity and generates more than 17 percent of its electricity from wind power. 

Xcel Energy Inc. plans to complete the Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in eastern Colorado by the end of 2020. The massive project will cover 100,000 acres and use 229 Vestas wind turbines. It will cost about $743 million.

The utility has engaged M.A. Mortenson Co., which does business as Mortenson Construction, to build the  project, according to announcement from Xcel and Mortenson late last week. The 500-megawatt wind project will be the second-largest single-phase wind project in the state. Vestas Wind Systems, with operations at Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo, will be supplying 225-V120 turbines and 25-V110 turbines.

“The Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project is a key part of our Colorado Energy Plan and will be another important component in Xcel Energy’s efforts to achieve its aspirational ‘zero-carbon strategy,’” said Gerald Kelly, Xcel Energy project manager. “We have worked extensively with Mortenson on previous wind projects, including the Rush Creek Wind Project, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship as we move forward with Cheyenne Ridge.”

In addition to furthering Xcel’s ambitious carbon reduction efforts, the new wind project aligns with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ recently announced roadmap for helping the state reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040.

The scope of work includes access roads, foundations, collection, substation, O&M building, turbine erection and tower wiring, Mortenson said in a press release. Mortenson will self-perform all civil, foundation, turbine erection, collection and substation construction.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Xcel Energy and Vestas and contribute toward Colorado’s energy transformation,” said Tim…