Construction is under way in Iowa for installation of the first US-made Micon 600 kW turbine, a Danish design. The foundation was to be poured in February and the turbine installed by April, says Greg Jaunich of Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The wind farm where the machine is to be installed, at Sibley, already has five refurbished 65 kW Windmatic units. NAE is also apparently negotiating with Northern States Power (NSP) in Minnesota for a power purchase contract for a 12 MW project on Buffalo Ridge near Lake Benton. The small company, hopes to install 10 Tacke TW 600 units and possibly four Tacke 1.5 MW turbines on the ridge. NAE and Tacke have signed a joint venture, says Jaunich, and intend a number of different projects. Jaunich says NAE wants to install one wind turbine at a time, in clusters, in the Midwest. He notes that this type of installation was successful in the early days of the industry in Europe.
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