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Geronimo Energy Green River Wind Farm in Illinois

Power News - Published on Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Image Source: Geronimo Energy Green River Wind Farm
Geronimo Energy, alongside power purchasers and community members, celebrated today the economic and social benefits from the operational 194 megawatt Green River Wind Farm. Green River, located in Lee and Whiteside Counties in Illinois within the PJM Regional Transmission Operator system, began major onsite construction activities in June 2018 and entered operations at the end of 2019. Green River has Virtual Power Purchase Agreements with Apple, Akamai Technologies, and Swiss Re, as well as a Power Purchase Agreement with Illinois Municipal Electric Agency. Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re previously had limited opportunity to access large renewable energy projects in the regions covered by the thirteen state PJM wholesale electric market. By collaborating with Apple, these companies were able to access wind and solar power from the new projects at competitive prices and agreement terms. Collaborations like this accelerate the pace at which new renewable energy generation is built and brought online.

3Degrees facilitated the renewable energy aggregation with the corporate power purchasers. The project was built by Mortenson and utilizes Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It was developed and is operated by Geronimo Energy.

The project employed approximately 200 construction workers at its peak and boosted local economies with increased local spending as a direct result of this influx of temporary workers. As an operating project, Green River has begun to provide positive long-term economic impacts to the local and state communities. The project has created 11 new full-time jobs at its Operations & Maintenance building located in Deer Grove, Illinois. Additionally, throughout the first 20 years of operations, Geronimo estimates the project will provide 35 million in new tax revenue and 20 million in landowner payments.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 29 Jul 2020
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