Xcel Energy has awarded Outland Energy Services a long-term service contract to provide operations and maintenance services at three Xcel Energy wind farms totaling 328 MW until 2017.
In Colorado, Outland will provide full-time services for the 26.5 MW Ponnequin site, which utilizes both Vestas 660 kW and NEG-Micon 750 kW wind turbines. In Minnesota, the services company will provide full-time services for the 201-megawatt (MW) Nobles wind farm in Nobles County and the 100.5 MW Grand Meadow wind farm in Mower County. Both sites utilize GE 1.5 MW wind turbines.
“Our entire team is excited to be expanding our service offering to an industry leader like Xcel Energy,” said Steve Scott, President & CEO of Outland. “I’m especially proud of our technicians who have performed exceptionally well at Xcel’s Grand Meadow location over the past 20 months.”
“We appreciate the confidence that Xcel has shown in Outland by awarding Outland a contract that lasts until 2017. Outland looks forward to providing safe, high-quality services as we optimize the performance of Xcel’s wind farms,” said Cam Winton,
Outland’s Vice President & General Counsel.
Here is a snapshot of Xcel’s Ponnequin wind development:
- Location: Weld County in Northern Colorado, just south of the Wyoming border and east of Interstate 25.
- Plant Description: 44 wind turbines
- Power Production Capabilities: 26.5 megawatts (MW).
- About the Facility: Xcel Energy owns Ponnequin Wind Farm, and owns and operates 37 of the 44 turbines. Ponnequin Acquisitions owns and operates the remaining seven turbines.
The power produced at Ponnequin is sold through Xcel Energy’s Windsource® program.