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Construction of the Minot Wind 2 project

Minot Wind 2 construction

In 2008 Basin Electric's board of directors established two for-profit subsidiaries, PrairieWinds ND 1 Inc. and PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc. to develop wind projects in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively.

PrairieWinds ND 1 Inc.

PrairieWinds ND 1, Inc. was formed to develop a new 115.5 megawatt (MW) wind project south of Minot, ND, called PrairieWinds 1. Construction began in August 2009 and was complete in late December 2009. Power from PrairieWinds 1 flows to Basin Electric's customers through an interconnection with Western Area Power Administration's transmission system.

PrairieWinds 1 is the largest wind project solely owned and operated by an electric cooperative in the United States

PrairieWinds ND 1, Inc. also owns Minot Wind Project, which consists of two 1.3-MW turbines built in 2002, and three 1.5-MW turbines built in 2009. Minot Wind is located south of Minot, ND.

PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc.

PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc. was formed to develop wind projects in South Dakota. Crow Lake Wind, a $363-million construction project broke ground near White Lake, SD, on Oct. 5, 2010. The commissioning process began in October 2010 as the first turbines were erected. The entire wind project (108 turbines) was fully operational at the end of February 2011. Dedication ceremonies were held on June 23, 2011. Clean-up and reclamation of any disturbed land will then be returned to as good condition or better than it was before construction began.

The entire project consists of 108 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines – 100 are owned and operated by PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., one turbine is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute, and the remaining seven are owned by a group of local community investors called the South Dakota Wind Partners. PrairieWinds constructed the turbines for the Wind Partners and MTI, and will operate and maintain them. PrairieWinds will also purchase the electricity generated by the eight turbines.

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