The initial 350 MW tender was won by Navitas in competition with the conventional power industry. The project was slated for 50 MW of wind backed by 300 MW of gas to firm up the intermittent wind generation. It has expanded to 100 MW of wind and 550 MW of gas. Construction of the wind plant will begin in May for start-up in December. All the turbines will be located on Buffalo Ridge in southwest Minnesota. The 11 groups of wind turbines, scattered across five sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, will be "completely dispatchable and will provide power during peak demand periods and when the wind is not available," says Greg Jaunich of Navitas.
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A trail blazing deal for a combination of dispersed wind and natural gas turbines in America's Midwest -- agreed between Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) and Northern States Power last March -- has nearly doubled in size as it enters the construction stage. Xcel Energy (formerly Northern States Power) and Navitas Energy (formerly NAE), last month signed a power purchase agreement that increases the project to 650 MW.
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