Invenergy Wind has announced the completion of construction and the start of commercial operations of its 94 MW Orangeville wind power farm in Wyoming County, New York.
Through a competitive process, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a contract to Orangeville Wind to produce and deliver renewable electricity to New York. The funding was made available through the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which was created to increase the amount of renewable electricity used by consumers. NYSERDA has committed to purchase the RPS attributes (or renewable energy credits) generated with each megawatt-hour produced from the wind farm for ten years.
Electricity produced by Orangeville Wind is sold into the wholesale markets managed by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO). Contractors on the project were Tetra Tech Construction and O’Connell Electric Company, both based in New York State, as well as Pennsylvania-based Henkels & McCoy. Orangeville Wind is located nearby Invenergy’s 112.5 MW Sheldon Wind Farm, which began commercial operations in 2009.
“Orangeville Wind is Invenergy’s second wind project in Wyoming County, and we’re proud to bring additional economic benefit to the area,” said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer at Invenergy. “We’re also pleased to have built a new source of clean, renewable energy in New York, one of the nation’s leading states in installed wind generation capacity.”
Commencement of commercial operations at Orangeville Wind was delayed in November 2013 when a blade snapped off of one of the 58 installed GE (NYSE: GE) 1.6-100 model wind turbines at the site. Following a root cause analysis, GE identified a “spar cap manufacturing anomaly" as the cause of the malfunction. No injuries were reported.