The country’s latest wind project to go operational is the Mountain Breeze Wind Farm in northern Colorado’s Weld County, home to a lot of oil and gas drilling operations.
Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC based in Dallas announced the farm had reached commercial operation and it had closed the funding under its tax equity financing for the project.
Leeward procured the wind turbine equipment from GE Renewable Energy, and Citi provided tax equity financing of $162.9 million. Mountain Breeze sells its output to Xcel Energy – Colorado under a long-term power purchase agreement.
Leeward also supplies renewable energy to Xcel Energy – Colorado from its nearby Cedar Creek Wind project in Weld County, and to Xcel Energy – Southwest from its Caprock Wind project in Quay County, New Mexico.
Mountain Breeze is comprised of 62 GE Renewable Energy onshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 171 megawatts (MW). Leeward designed and constructed the greenfield project from the ground up and will own and operate the wind farm for the long-term.
Mountain Breeze received unanimous approval of the project from the Weld County Board of County Commissioners in June 2019.