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Shell WindEnergy to buy its first California wind project

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Shell WindEnergy, the US wind energy operation of Shell Renewables, says it will buy its first California wind project when Cannon Power Corp completes the 41 MW Cabazon wind project in San Gorgonio Pass. Cannon's chairman Gerry Monkhouse says disruptions in California's energy markets over the past two years make it a "challenge" to build even strong projects, which he says Cabazon is. Cannon started construction last month near Palm Springs and says it will energise all 62 Vestas 660 kW turbines by August. It is doing so with advice and financial help from Babcock & Bayerische Landesbank in New York. Svend Sigaard of Vestas Wind Systems says that this and other orders from large developers since passage of the federal production tax credit is "very positive." Shell already owns two wind plant in the US. The oil giant bought the 50 MW Rock River I project in Wyoming from SeaWest Windpower last year and the 80 MW White Deer project, now known as Llano Estacado Wind Ranch, from Cielo Wind Power in January. Electricity from Cabazon is being bought by the California Department of Water Resources.

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