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Basin Electric signs power purchase agreements for southwest ND wind projects

BISMARCK — Basin Electric today signed two power purchase agreements associated with the development of two new wind projects in southwest North Dakota. The combined capacity is 278 megawatts.

Infinity Wind Power of Santa Barbara, Calif., is developing the Sunflower Wind Project, a 106-megawatt project to be located in Morton County near Hebron, and the Antelope Hills Wind Project, a 172-megawatt project to be located in Mercer County near Golden Valley.

The projects are planned to be operational by the end of 2015.

Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, said the project will increase the renewable portion of Basin Electric’s generating portfolio, which includes waste heat, to more than 1,000 megawatts.

“This is a result of a request for proposal we issued last June,” Serri said in a release. “We received very favorable offers from these developers. These projects will fit nicely into our existing generation portfolio.”

“Harnessing North Dakota’s wind to provide power to Basin Electric’s diverse membership base has been our objective for several years, so we’re thrilled that these projects are moving forward,” said Matt Riley, Infinity Wind Power’s CEO.

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