Essen/Kenton,
05
June
2019
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15:57
Europe/Amsterdam

innogy has started construction of 250MW wind farm in the US

  • Successful US market entry

  • Scioto Ridge is Ohio’s newest onshore project

  • Over $300 million private investment

  • Further long-term investments planned

     

Today, innogy celebrates start of construction of its first onshore wind farm in the US: Scioto Ridge, a 250 megawatt (MW) project in Hardin and Logan Counties, Ohio. 75 Siemens Gamesa turbines are planned to commence operation in the fourth quarter of 2020. The total investment volume amounts to more than $300 million.

Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer of Renewables at innogy SE:

“Today is an important milestone for innogy. Only one year since acquiring a two gigawatt pipeline of onshore wind projects, we are now implementing our first wind farm in the US. With Scioto Ridge, innogy’s successful US market entry becomes visible. Ohio’s place in the heartland of the US offers ideal conditions for renewable energy and is considered as an attractive market for clean energy investment.”

“Our growing team of more than 50 US-based innogy employees is driving our business growth across technologies, including onshore wind, offshore wind and solar. All of us at innogy are excited to deliver Scioto Ridge and continue with more long-term renewable energy investments in Ohio and other key US markets.”

Jason Dagger, Scioto Ridge project manager at Innogy Renewables US LLC:

“Scioto Ridge will supply the equivalent of more than 60,000 Ohio homes annually with renewable electricity. The project represents a significant contribution to the area, injecting over $75 million in new revenues over the next 25 years to the local governments, school districts, and landowners. Over 100 Hardin and Logan County families will also directly benefit from the project. innogy is proud to be a member of this community.”

“Pre-construction activities have begun onsite, and commencement of full construction is planned for the third quarter of 2019. Once we are totally underway, Scioto Ridge will host over 150 short-term construction jobs and up to 10 full-time, long term operations jobs. This project is a win-win for the local economy.”

innogy continues to drive the expansion of its US business forward:

In the field of Onshore Wind the company plans to realise the New York projects Cassadaga (~126MW) and Baron Winds (~240MW). Commercial operation for both projects is expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. In 2018, innogy acquired a 2 GW project pipeline which included over 20 onshore wind projects at various stages of development. The projects are spread across eight US states (Maine, Maryland, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and West Virginia). innogy is concentrating on value-added enhancement and implementation of that pipeline while also seeking new market and project acquisition opportunities across the US.

In the field of Solar innogy recently acquired the equity interests in Tamworth and Tanager, two solar projects in North Carolina with a total capacity of around 10MW. Construction of the plants will begin in the second quarter of 2019 with commissioning targeted for the fourth quarter of 2019. Both projects result from a joint development agreement with US-based developer Birdseye Renewable Energy on a solar development pipeline.