New Wind Turbines to be Installed in Mechanicsville — May 4, 2012
West Branch, IA – May 1, 2012 – ACCIONA Windpower today announced that it will install two of its AW-3000/116, 3MW wind turbines this year in Cedar County, Iowa. The project, called Pioneer Grove, will be the first installation of the machine in North America.
“The AW-3000 turbines at Pioneer Grove will produce more power, more efficiently than anything we‘ve installed before.” Joe Baker, ACCIONA’s CEO stated in a press release. “With technology like the AW-3000, we can drive down energy costs and begin to take full advantage of our clean energy resources.”
The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm is located nearest to the town of Mechanicsville, Iowa, 26 miles east of Cedar Rapids. Construction is expected to be complete in the second half of 2012. The renewable energy power plant has a long-term power purchase agreement with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO).
ACCIONA introduced the AW-3000 last year. The $20 million project cost will be offset by a $3 million Iowa Power Fund Board grant awarded last year.
The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm will utilize two different tower technologies, which are both suitable for the AW-3000. One tower will be constructed to a height of 92 meters, using steel, while the other tower uses an innovative concrete solution and will reach a height of 100 meters.
The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm is less than 20 miles from ACCIONA’s wind turbine assembly plant in West Branch, Iowa. The facility employs more than 100 workers to assemble ACCIONA wind turbines.
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