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Mortenson bags construction contract for 170MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Iowa

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 August 2017

Mortenson Construction has picked up a contract to construct a 170MW wind farm in the US state of Iowa from MidAmerican Energy.

Dubbed as the Beaver Creek wind farm, the project will be built across the Boone and Greene counties. Along with the 168MW Prairie wind project, the Beaver Creek wind farm is part of the $3.6bn Wind XI project of MidAmerican Energy.

The Wind XI project aims to add 2GW of wind generation power in Iowa.

For Mortenson Construction, Beaver Creek will be the 13th wind farm it will be constructing for MidAmerican Energy Company.

The renewable energy contractor claims to have constructed 55% of all the wind generating facilities in Iowa till date. 

Mortenson wind energy group VP and general manager Tim Maag said: “We are pleased to be part of Iowa’s leadership in wind energy.  It was in Iowa where we entered the wind energy market in 1995 by erecting our first turbine near Adair.”

The Beaver Creek wind farm which will come up near the town of Grand Junction will be equipped with 85 turbines.

Vestas had bagged the contract to supply its V110 line of turbines which are slated to be delivered this month and aimed to be commissioned by the year end.

The Beaver Creek wind farm is anticipated to open up 150 temporary roles during its construction phase.

Overall, MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI is expected to create around $18m per year in landowner payments, $12.5m per year in property tax payments, and $48m per year in state and local expenditures from the two wind projects.

Image: Mortenson will construct MidAmerican Energy’s Beaver Creek wind farm in Iowa. Photo: courtesy of M. A. Mortenson Company.