Wind energy developer Alliance Power Inc. has selected RMT Inc., a renewable energy engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, to design and construct the 67-MW Colorado Highlands Wind project in Logan County, Colorado.
RMT will provide EPC of the civil and electrical infrastructure to support the installation of 42 GE 1.6-MW wind turbines at the site. The civil infrastructure includes roads, crane paths and pads, and turbine foundations. The electrical infrastructure includes a 34.5/115-kV power substation; a 6.2-mile, 115-kV project transmission line; and interconnection switchyard to the Western Area Power Administration’s system. RMT is also responsible for tower erection, in-tower wiring, mechanical turbine completion, operations and maintenance building construction, and testing and inspections to deliver a fully functional wind-powered electrical generation facility.
“Colorado Highlands is the first wind farm RMT will build in Colorado,” said RMT Director of Business Development Mark Osten. “This development will provide an important addition of renewable energy to the area’s resources. We are proud that Alliance Power selected RMT to serve as the project’s general contractor and look forward to its successful completion.”
Construction of the Colorado Highlands Wind project commenced in late April 2012. The project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012, and will generate enough clean energy to power approximately 19,000 homes. The full output of the Colorado Highlands Wind project will be delivered under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a not-for-profit wholesale power provider to 44 rural electric cooperatives in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
The Colorado Highlands Wind project is one of seven projects totaling 555 MW of renewable power generation that RMT is constructing in 2012.