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MidAmerican Energy announces new Grundy County wind farm

DES MOINES – MidAmerican Energy Co. Thursday announced construction of a wind farm project to begin this month in west central Grundy County.

The Ivester wind farm includes 35 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. It’s part of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project, which the company announced in 2016.

When completed at the end of this year, Ivester will add 90.8 megawatts of wind generation capacity for MidAmerican Energy customers, or enough wind energy to power more than 38,000 average Iowa homes.

The wind farm will add approximately $875,000 in estimated average annual property taxes in Grundy County, in addition to construction, long-term operations and maintenance jobs, the company stated.

The $3.6 billion Wind XI project is scheduled for completion in December 2019. The project will include up to 1,000 wind turbines and add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa, or enough energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes.

MidAmerican Energy previously announced construction of two Wind XI wind farm projects now underway in Adair County – Arbor Hill and Orient. Beaver Creek II in Greene County, and North English in Poweshiek County, are also under construction. Two additional wind farms, Beaver Creek in Boone and Greene counties, and Prairie in Mahaska County, are now operating.