The design and construction of the 67-megawatt Colorado Highlands Wind project in Logan County, Colo., which will deliver power to Tri-State, has been awarded to RMT, Inc. The veteran renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction contractor also built Basin Electric’s PrairieWinds project.
Colorado’s newest wind project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012, and will generate enough energy to power approximately 19,000 electric co-op member homes.
The full output of the Colorado Highlands Wind project will be delivered under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to Tri-State. “This is an important step forward to bring this project to life over the next seven months,” said Rob Wolaver, Tri-State’s senior manager of energy resources. “A lot has to happen in a very short time period, but we are confident that the pieces are in place to make it happen.”
Wind energy developer Alliance Power, Inc. selected RMT to provide the civil and electrical infrastructure to support the installation of 42 1.6-MW wind turbines at the site. The civil work includes roads, crane paths and pads, and turbine foundations. The electrical responsibilities include a 34.5/115-kV power substation, a 6.2-mile, 115-kV project transmission line and interconnection switchyard to the Western Area Power Administration’s system.
“We are confident RMT is the right team with the best skills and capabilities to successfully complete this important project. We look forward to our project beginning operations by the end of the year, ” said Jim Michael, managing member for Colorado Highlands Wind.
“Once complete, the project should provide value to the Tri-State membership for many years,” Wolaver said.