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Wind farm breaks ground: Completion of $19M project near Choteau expected in June of 2014 | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com

Groundbreaking has begun on a new wind farm that will soon rise above the wheat fields of Teton County.

When completed, the $19 million Fairfield Wind project will include six utility scale turbines standing 398-feet tall, with a combined total of 10 mega watts of generating capacity.

“It has broken ground, and we expect to complete commissioning by June of 2014,” said John Pimental, president of Foundation Windpower, a wind energy engineering and development company based in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Fairfield Wind project is jointly owned by Foundation Windpower and WINData, a wind energy consulting and project management firm located in Great Falls. The general construction contractor for the project is Dick Anderson Construction, also of Great Falls.

During construction, the project is expected to employ 50 to 60 workers. Foundation Windpower has already inked a power purchase agreement with NorthWestern Energy, which will begin accepting electricity from the turbines in 2014.

Fairfield Wind may have the distinction of being one of the last wind energy projects initiated in Montana under the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) program. Enacted in 1992, the PTC program encourages investment in renewable energy by lowering an energy development company’s overall tax liability.

As currently structured, the PTC offers 2.3 cents in tax offsets per kilowatt of electricity generated to owners of new wind energy facilities. Credits are offered for the first 10 years that a wind energy facility is in operation. Proponents of the program argue that investment in renewable energy would be negligible without these types of government incentives.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy now constitutes 3.91 percent of total energy generation in the United States, up from 0.27 percent 10 years earlier.

Critics of the PTC argue the federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the energy industry, and that wind energy is less economical than other sources of electricity.

The PTC was scheduled to expire at the end of 2012, but Congress extended the tax credits for another year as part of the fiscal cliff legislation.

The program is expected to hand out $12.1 billion in tax credits to the wind industry over the next 10 years.

Foundation Windpower and WINData will be able to take advantage of PTC because construction on the project began prior to the Dec. 31 program deadline.

“The rules require construction to start in 2013, but the project can be completed in 2014 and perhaps later,” Pimental said. “We organized the construction schedule to allow us to start this year.”

Pimental said selection of the wind farm site on the Bole Bench, east of Freezeout Lake between Fairfield and Choteau, was based upon several factors including the wind resource, proximity to existing transmission lines and the ability to minimize the biological and habitat impacts.

“Every wind project looks at those three factors,” he said.

Teton County Commissioner Joe Dellwo said the county wholeheartedly endorses the Fairfield Wind project. On Oct. 3, commissioners granted three county road encroachment permits to allow the general construction contractor to improve road access to the development site.

“It’s a no-brainer for us because it’s going to increase the tax base,” Dellwo said. “They’re moving dirt as we speak. I think their plan is to begin pouring cement in November. They’re going to be well underway by next month.”

According to Pimental, similar wind power production products could become a rarity if Congress declines to extend the PTC beyond the 2013 deadline.

“We certainly think it would be wise public policy to extend those tax credits,” Pimental said. “They are an important consideration for developers who put time, money and risk into trying to develop these projects. Without those supporting subsidies, renewable energy project development would come to a grinding halt in America.”

via Wind farm breaks ground: Completion of $19M project near Choteau expected in June of 2014 | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com.

Wind farm breaks ground: Completion of $19M project near Choteau expected in June of 2014 | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com

Wind farm breaks ground: Completion of $19M project near Choteau expected in June of 2014 | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com.

Marty Wilde

Martin Wilde - Principal Engineer - WINData LLC

Marty Wilde

Principal Engineer
MS Engineering

Marty Wilde brings a long-term seasoned technical, scientific and utility business perspective on the wind industry. Mr. Wilde’s strategic thinking and engineering expertise, dating back to 1991, is highly respected by major utilities, investors and wind energy experts. Mr. Wilde is Principal Engineer and CEO of WINData and provides leadership to the WINData team in all areas of met tower design, siting, installation and wind data analysis. Mr. Wilde launched his wind energy business in 1991 to develop commercial wind projects and provide development services to the growing wind industry. He has worked as a project developer, managing engineer and scientist for numerous commercial and government teams since 1984 and has extensive experience supporting both public and private sector organizations.

High Fidelity Data Systems

Real-Time Data for Enhanced Operations

WINDataNOW! real-time meteorological tower technology is pioneering the next generation of data acquisition systems. WINData’s systems allows operators to collect high fidelity data to provide better forecasting and enhanced operations for improved power production and better plant economics.

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High fidelity equipment reveals hidden characteristics of wind data

11% difference in estimated power density projections

WINData has created the next generation met tower wind data logging technology using industry standard components and standards. The WINData logger, in partnership with OSIsoft, Inc. (makers of the PI System), allows for very high fidelity wind speed data to be captured from met tower applications. This high fidelity wind data gives WINData customers deeper insight into their site’s potential.

Wind data from WINData’s real time data logger can be stored on site for extended periods of time or be streamed live to WINData’s central servers or your own PI System infrastructure.This gives you the information you need to make sound decisions, and puts met tower data right alongside SCADA data for wind farm operators.

The real-time data logger is able to operate either in a connected or disconnect fashion, and will catch up WINData’s central servers in case of connectivity outages. The WINDataNOW! data logger operates completely off the grid and has minimal power requirements.

Data can be made available to users in many different ways. From a real-time web-portal, to a daily, weekly, or monthly assessment of your sites. WINData analyses and custom analyses that you provide can all be used in conjunction with the wind data hosting services of WINData.

The wind speed data collected by WINData’s real-time logger is an asset that becomes an integral part of your site’s power production. Development and operating companies will use this archived wind speed data later for warranty and performance assessments long after the site has been developed. Due to the fact that the logger is based on the PI System from OSIsoft, your data will fit seamlessly into any operating company’s operations infrastructure.

Because of the wind data’s high fidelity, wind scientists and WINData experts can perform more detailed analysis on your site’s wind patterns and discover hidden information that 10 minute average data obscures. Greater understanding of multi-level turbulence, wind direction shifts, and ramp event effects are all made possible by collecting better, high fidelity data.

Contact WINData today to discover how your met tower installation can be powered by the PI System and WINData’s expertise.

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Met Tower Upgrades

WINData LLC supplies a complete range of equipment and services for met towers. These include instrument upgrades, repairs, and complete rehabilitation options to met tower owners and asset managers.
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Services include:

  • Rewiring existing instruments
  • Replacing broken or defective instruments
  • Upgrading current instruments with higher fidelity instruments
  • Reprogramming data loggers
  • Replacing data loggers with WINData’s high fidelity, real-time loggers
  • Adjusting met tower installations
  • Rehabilitating or replacing met tower foundations

Depending on the met tower’s conditions or requirements of the job, some projects can be performed without lowering the tower.Contact WINData for an estimate of your project’s requirements.

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