The new wind farm going up in Delaware County has new owners.
RPM Access has sold the project to BHE Renewables, which is based in Des Moines.
Dustin Van Diepen with BHE says they’re excited to be in the area – and they have a couple goals as they begin a new relationship with the community.
The Independence Wind Farm will be located southwest of Manchester, starting on the west side of Highway 13 about two miles south of Highway 20 and extending about two miles north of Ryan. They’re expecting to construct nineteen wind turbines that will look pretty similar to the wind turbines near Greeley, but with a slightly larger turbine at 2.82 megawatts. The wind turbines are expected to arrive later this summer, with the project up and running by November. The power produced by the new wind turbines will be purchased by CIPCO, the Central Iowa Power Cooperative based in Marion.
RPM sold the project to BHE on May 28th. Van Diepen says BHE will be working with RPM to construct the project over the next few months, and then will take over as the long-term owners once the towers are operating. He says they’re currently working to address some current issues with local residents regarding dust control.
And BHE is planning to construct a maintenance building in Ryan, which will give the small community a boost.
Van Diepen says they’re hoping to build a good relationship with the community. He says BHE Renewables plans to own and operate the new Independence Wind Farm for many years to come.
archived photo of Greeley wind project courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH