That’s the words Invenergy is using to describe work being done on two wind farms in Antelope County. With Prairie Breeze I producing energy for more than a year now, attention is now focused on development of Prairie Breeze II and III.
“We’re pleased to report that construction is progressing well,” said Alissa Krinsky, Director of Communications at Invenergy, developer of the wind farms. She updated The Elgin Review on recent developments. They were:
Prairie Breeze II
• Foundations are complete.
• All turbines are on site or at a temporary lay down yard in Norfolk, with turbine delivery expected to wrap up soon.
• Turbine erection activities are underway with two turbines fully erected at the southern end of the site.
• The underground collection line installation from the substation to the nearest turbines should be completed soon, followed by trenching from turbine to turbine, and the installation of transformers.
When completed, is expected to produce 73 MW of energy.
Prairie Breeze III
A construction schedule for Prairie Breeze III is currently being finalized.
• Turbine foundation work is expected to begin first.
• Turbine deliveries are scheduled to begin later this summer.
According to Krinsky, “In the meantime, substation expansion work continues with foundation and grading work in progress.”
Prairie Breeze III, when completed, will generate approximately 36MW which is being purchased by the City of Grand Island.
Invenergy contractors just finished patching and paving seven miles of County Road 836 near Elgin as part of the original Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center post-operation project/road work. They worked with Antelope County officials to upgrade the road to an improved condition from how it was prior to project construction. Work was done by Lincoln-based Constructors, Inc., Nebraska’s oldest paving company.