EDP Renewables, Dairyland Power Dedicate 98 MW Wind Farm
DARLINGTON, Wis., Nov. 10, 2017 – EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Dairyland Power Cooperative celebrated the completion of the Quilt Block Wind Farm at a joint dedication event in Darlington, Wisconsin, on Friday, November 10. A number of the wind farm’s stakeholders including landowners, government officials, and others also attended the event that featured several speeches, a ribbon cutting and a bus tour of the wind farm.
EDPR owns and operates the 98 megawatt (MW) Quilt Block Wind Farm, which is located in Lafayette County. Dairyland has a power purchase agreement in place with EDPR for the entire energy output of the wind farm that will produce enough clean electricity to power more than 25,000 households in Dairyland’s rural four-state service area.
Quilt Block Wind Farm is EDPR’s first operational project in the state of Wisconsin and represents a capital investment of approximately $167 million (an estimate based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Wind Technologies Market Report). At the peak of construction in early June, the project employed approximately 250 people, and as an operational wind farm, will employ 10 full-time workers.
EDP Renewables has made more than $1.8 million in payments to local landowners since 2003 and will provide a total of approximately $23 million in land payments to participating landowners and neighbors throughout the life of the project. Through a revenue sharing agreement with the state of Wisconsin, EDPR will also pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars to Seymour Township and Lafayette County each year.
“EDP Renewables is proud to expand its operational presence into the Badger State and bring a number of environmental and economic benefits to Wisconsin and surrounding states through its Quilt Block Wind Farm,” said Steve Irvin, Executive Vice President – Central and Western Regions and Mexico. “EDPR is pleased to partner with Dairyland Power Cooperative to bring clean, renewable energy to local farmers and rural communities.”
“The Quilt Block Wind Farm is a key component of Dairyland’s strategic imperative of Resource Diversification,” said Barbara Nick, Dairyland President and CEO. “Thousands of homes in our cooperative system will be powered with safe and sustainable wind energy from Quilt Block for years to come.”
About EDP Renewables
EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years. For further information, please visit www.edpr.com or www.edprnorthamerica.com.
About Dairyland Power Cooperative
Dairyland, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, was formed in December 1941. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland provides the wholesale electrical requirements for 24 distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities. These cooperatives and municipals, in turn, supply the energy needs of more than a half-million people in the four-state service area. Today, the cooperative’s generating resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar and biogas. Dairyland delivers electricity via 3,195 miles of transmission lines and 292 substations located throughout the system’s 44,500 square mile service area. For more information, visit www.DairylandPower.com.