Spanish wind turbine manufacturer and project developer Gamesa has started building its first major wind plant in America through its US subsidiary, Navitas. The 50 MW Mendota Hills project in Lee County, Illinois, is to be equipped with 63, Gamesa 800 kW turbines for operation by December. Commonwealth Edison is buying the power, while Mendota Hills LLC is still negotiating the sale of the green tags associated with the plant's production. Mendota Hills is Gamesa's biggest strike in the US since it bought 75% of Navitas last year. The Spanish company has also put up two pilot turbines in the south of Minnesota. "Gamesa currently has 1000 MW of projects at different stages of development across the Midwest," claims the company. According to Greg Jaunich of Navitas, the development team will build another 6 MW this year in small projects in Minnesota and Iowa.
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