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Wind Capital Group
Motto Bringing wind energy home
Formation 2005
Legal status LLC
Purpose/focus Wind farm development
Headquarters United StatesSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
President Tom Carnahan
Website windcapitalgroup.com

The wind power developer Wind Capital Group was founded in 2005 by Missouri native Tom Carnahan.[1]

Contents

Developed Wind Farms

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Blue Grass Ridge Wind Farm

Blue Grass Ridge Wind Farm, in Gentry County, Missouri; the first wind farm in the state.
Another view of Blue Grass Ridge.

On January 31st 2006, Wind Capital Group announced the planned construction of Blue Grass Ridge Wind Farm near King City in Gentry County, Missouri. Construction of the 27 Suzlon wind turbines began in late 2006 and completed in 2007. Financing was provided by John Deere. Blue Grass Ridge is the first commercial scale wind farm in Missouri. The wind energy produced is purchased by Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.[2]

Conception Wind Farm

In early 2008 the Conception Wind Farm was completed. Conception is near Conception Junction in Nodaway County, Missouri. Like Blue Grass Ridge before it, Conception was constructed with Suzlon turbines, financed by John Deere, and the power is sold to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.[2]

Cow Branch Wind Energy Center

Also in 2008, the Cow Branch Wind Energy Center began operations. Cow Branch is near Tarkio in Atchison County, Missouri. This wind farm was also constructed with Suzlon turbines, financed by John Deere, and sells power to Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.[2]

Loess Hills Wind Farm

The Loess Hills Wind Farm was completed in the spring of 2008. This wind farm is much smaller than Wind Capital Group's three other operating wind farms in northwest Missouri. Nevertheless, Loess Hills garnered national and international attention because it produces more power for the town of Rock Port than the town and its residents use.[3] Therefore, Rock Port has been called the first 100% wind powered town in America. The Loess Hills Wind Farm has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and the International Herald Tribune.[3][4][5][6]

Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm

In April 2009, Wind Capital Group announced the Lost Creek Wind Farm to be built south of the Blue Grass Ridge Wind Farm in DeKalb County, Missouri. Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke were on hand at the announcement in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lost Creek Ridge will have a 150 megawatt nameplate capacity.[7]

Buffalo Creek Wind Farm

In December 2007 Wind Capital Group announced the sale of the Buffalo Creek Wind Farm near the town of Latimer in Franklin County, Iowa. The construction ready site was purchased by Interstate Power and Light, with the first 100 megawatts planned to be constructed by 2010.[8]

Bent Tree Wind Farm

In March 2009 Wind Capital Group announced the sale of their second wind farm outside of Missouri. At 400 megawatts, Bent Tree is Wind Capital Group's largest developed wind farm to date. Wisconsin Power and Light Company purchased the wind farm and intends to begin construction on the first 200 megawatts in mid 2009.[9] Bent Tree is located near Hartland in Freeborn County, Minnesota.

Partnership

In early 2008 Wind Capital Group formed a partnership with NTR plc. NTR invested $150 million into the company and also committed to supply Wind Capital Group with 150 megawatts of wind turbines.[10]

References

  1. ^ Wind Capital Group timeline
  2. ^ a b c North American Wind Power
  3. ^ a b National Public Radio article
  4. ^ CNN American Morning transcript
  5. ^ ABC World News Tonight story
  6. ^ International Herald Tribune article
  7. ^ Irish Times article
  8. ^ Alternative Energy Press article
  9. ^ Finance and Commerce article
  10. ^ St. Louis Business Journal article

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