With a superior wind quality/capacity factor, Campbell County Wind Farm has excellent wind generation potential in the heart of South Dakota. South Dakota is ranked #5 in the nation with the potential to provide over 882,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy production, but is not ranked in the national top ten in actual production with 784MW. CCWF is on the leading edge of what promises to be a huge addition to that production total. The project’s first phase of 99MW of an estimated 300+ MW in size will greatly increase South Dakota’s wind power production with this single project.
Beyond its excellent wind resources, what makes the CCWF stand out from other wind farm projects?
- Available transmission lines with existing capacity that are not only close to the project, but also cross right through the project’s footprint.
- Level of expertise that we have interviewed, researched and selected to work with us to make certain that this project is completed on time and under budget with the fewest unforeseen issues we can hope for.
- 20,000 acres under contract with all landowner Option payments made in full and on time.
- (3) MET towers collecting data for over three years.
- Wind data interpolation confirms actual wind capacity is significantly higher than the original computer modeling suggested.
- In full cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the SD Game, Fish & Parks Dept., 2+ seasons of avian, bat, vegetative & cultural studies are complete.
- Final wind turbine selection is underway; three strong vendors remain in the running.
- The Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Interconnection System Impact Study has been completed.
- WAPA Interconnection Facilities Study is underway.
- WAPA / NEPA Environmental compliance work underway.
- Reverse RFP underway
- Construction is expected to commence the summer of 2014 with the project becoming operational by the September 2014.
- The primary investor funding pre-development work has an exceptionally strong balance sheet, which places the Campbell County Wind Farm in a very enviable position compared to many other wind projects.
To meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 20% renewable energy by 2030, the United States would have to generate 300,000MW versus the 25,300MW wind generation today. All of the wind generated today would only amount to 8% of the goal. This opens the door for great opportunity in wind development.