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Goldwind to complete Shady Oaks by end-2011

UNITED STATES: Goldwind USA expects to complete its 106.5MW Shady Oaks wind farm in Illinois by the end of December.

A Goldwind 1.5MW turbine at the Pipestone, Minnesota project
A Goldwind 1.5MW turbine at the Pipestone, Minnesota project

The project will be the first-ever large-scale wind project to be built in the US using Chinese wind turbines. It uses Goldwind’s 1.5MW direct-drive model.

If successful, the project will go towards establishing an all-important US service record for Goldwind’s turbines.

If Goldwind, along with partner Mainstream Renewables, completes the project by the end of the year it will meet the target set out when it acquired Shady Oaks in December 2010.

At the time of the deal, Mainstream also said construction of the 75-turbine project would start in the second quarter. However, it seems this is still to happen. Goldwind said the building would "begin in mid-august".

Last year, Goldwind USA — with Mainstream — won a competitive bid to provide power from the project from 2012 to 2032 to the utility Commonwealth Edison.

In January 2010 Goldwind completed a 4.5 MW pilot project in Pipestone, Minnesota, its first US project.

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