March 6, 2012
CleanTechnica.com’s “Blue Creek Wind Farm Completed” story today says that Iberdrola has finished construction on this massive renewable energy project in Ohio.
Iberdrola’s Blue Creek Wind Farm fact sheet lists the advertised wind energy capacity as 350 megawatts (MW) generated from 175 2.0 MW wind turbines. The CleanTechnica article states the actual capacity is more like 304 MW from 152 turbines.
Disappointing? Not exactly.
According to the story, the largest wind farm in the world generates 350 MW of wind energy, and the world’s 2nd largest is 150 MW.
So Blue Creek falls just short, taking over 2nd place on the world’s wind farm capacity list.
Of course, that is not what’s important. Five hundred local constructions workers had full-time employment building the project. Permanent jobs now exist for wind farm maintainers and operators in Ohio’s Van Wert and Paulding counties.
And FirstEnergy Solutions has signed a power purchase agreement for 100 MW over the next 20 years.