ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Nobles 2 Power Partners plans Minnesota wind farm

WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- Nobles 2 Power Partners, LLC., has announced plans to develop a 250- to 300-megawatt wind farm in portions of northern Nobles and southern Murray counties.

WORTHINGTON, Minn. - Nobles 2 Power Partners, LLC., has announced plans to develop a 250- to 300-megawatt wind farm in portions of northern Nobles and southern Murray counties.

On Tuesday, Nobles County commissioners were notified of a comment period issued by Nobles 2 for the project, which would include 150 wind turbines. The request for comments is in advance of the wind developer’s plans to obtain a site permit and certificate of need from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Jay Regnier, of Twin Cities-based Project Resources Corporation, serves as the director of project development for Nobles 2 Power Partners. He said in a phone interview Tuesday that the goal is to receive all of the permits and certifications by the end of 2018.

Plans are to develop the Nobles 2 Wind Farm between the existing Nobles Wind Farm and Community Wind South projects closer to Interstate 90, and the Fenton Wind and proposed Stoneray projects to the north and northwest. The proposed site is approximately 10 miles west of the Prairie Rose Wind Farm.

Nobles County townships identified for potential development of the wind farm are Leota, Wilmont, Bloom, Seward, Lismore, Larkin, Summit Lake and Elk, with Sections 34-36 of Fenton Township in Murray County also in consideration for towers.

Project Resources Corporation already has one meteorological tower in place, and plans to install two more this year. Regnier said the goal is to collect meteorological data for about a year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson said the plans for Nobles 2, if the project moves forward, will result in nearly double the number of wind turbines in Nobles County.

“It fills in a significant portion of the gap in between the I-90 wind farm and the (Fenton Wind) farm in Nobles and Murray counties,” he said.

According to a letter Regnier wrote to the Nobles County administrator, the type of turbines to be used in the project has yet to be determined.

“(It) will be dependent on the most appropriate technology available at the time of ordering equipment prior to construction,” he stated.

The project, in addition to the turbines, will include gravel access roads, underground collection lines, step up transformers, permanent meteorological towers and a step up substation. The location of the proposed infrastructure has not yet been finalized.

Westwood Professional Services will complete initial studies and permitting for the project. Regnier noted that no permits have been issued and the project has not yet been opened for public comment.

“We have lots of leg work to do,” he said. “We have been talking to landowners. We have a project area, but we don’t have a project layout as of yet.”

Project Resources Corporation helped develop the initial Nobles Wind project in Nobles County, and Regnier said the company has had a hand in the development of about 1,400 to 1,800 megawatts of wind energy in the Midwest thus far. The company was established in Minnesota in the 1990s.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We were one of the first in the Midwest to take up the love of wind power,” Regnier said.

What To Read Next
The number of cows going to slaughter is far above the five-year average. Attendees of the annual Cow Calf Days tour in Minnesota heard the latest on cattle trends.
As Mikkel Pates approaches his retirement from Agweek after 44 years in journalism, he talks to Rose Dunn about learning TV, covering ag's characters and scandals and looking toward the future.
Members Only
“In our industry there aren’t a lot of young people in it. I like the fact that there are a lot of young people in agriculture here,” he said of the Mitchell area.
Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Corn Growers Association were pleased with items in Gov. Tim Walz's "One Minnesota Budget" proposal.