Chicago-based renewable energy developer Invenergy has commenced commercial operation on its first wind farm in Nebraska. The Prairie Breeze wind farm located in Antelope, Boone and Madison counties is comprised of 118 General Electric (NYSE: GE) 1.7 MW wind turbines for a total generation capacity of 200.6 MW.
"Invenergy appreciates the strong support for this project, and we are committed to sustaining a long and successful relationship with our host community," said Jim Shield, chief development officer at Invenergy.
Electricity from the wind farm will go to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) under a long-term agreement. With Prairie Breeze in place, OPPD said it is on track for renewable energy to make up 30 percent of its energy portfolio by 2017.
"OPPD remains strongly committed to providing affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive services to our customers," said Sherrye Hutcherson, vice president of corporate service at OPPD.
Invenergy has developed more than 8,000 MW of clean energy projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 65 wind, solar, and natural gas power facilities.