Duke Energy Renewables announces 350-megawatt wind power project
Source | Duke Energy
Duke Energy Renewables (Charlotte, N.C., U.S.), a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has announced the largest wind power project in its fleet: the 350-megawatt Frontier Windpower II project in Kay County, Okla., U.S. The project is an expansion of Frontier Windpower, which has been operational since 2016. Once complete, Frontier I and II will generate a total of 550 megawatts of wind energy, which Duke Energy says is enough to power approximately 193,000 homes.
Ball Corp. (Broomfield, Colo., U.S.) has signed a 15-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 161 megawatts of the Frontier II project. Another major corporation has signed a VPPA for an additional 160 megawatts and will be announced later this year.
“Frontier II will deliver clean energy for Oklahoma and significant economic benefits to the area,” says Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “We’re pleased to be working with the Ball Corp. on the Frontier II project, which will be located in an area that has some of the best wind resources in the country.”
“The renewable energy agreement with Duke Energy Renewables places Ball among the leading corporate buyers of renewable energy in our industry and the U.S., marking a critical moment in our sustainability journey,” says John A. Hayes, chairman, president and CEO of Ball Corp. “Utilizing renewable energy is an important lever to further enhance the sustainability credentials of our packaging and demonstrates our commitment to have the aluminum can recognized as the most sustainable package.”
Full mobilization for construction for Frontier II will occur later this summer, and the wind project is expected to be fully operational by December 2020. Nordex Group (Hamburg, Germany) will supply 74 4.8-megawatt wind turbines for the site.
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