Frontier II wind farm : Duke Energy Renewables begins commercial operations
Duke Energy Renewables’ largest wind farm in its portfolio – the 350MW Frontier II wind farm in Oklahoma has begun commercial operations, as announced by the company on 16 March 2021.
The wind farm, located in Kay County, is an expansion of the 200MW Frontier Windpower project, that has been operating since 2016.
The Frontier I and II wind farms put together power nearly 193,000 average-size households, said Duke Energy Renewables. The Frontier II wind farm will meet the power consumption needs of nearly 123,000 average homes.
Through 15-year virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs), AT&T and Ball Corporation had signed up to buy 160MW and 161MW of power, respectively, from the Frontier Windpower II project.
Chris Fallon – president of Duke Energy Renewables, commenting on the Frontier II wind farm, said: “We’re pleased to be working with AT&T and Ball Corporation on the Frontier II project, which is in an area that has some of the best wind resources in the country.
“This project further demonstrates how we can address the community’s need for clean energy resources, while providing unique sustainability solutions for our customers.”
The Frontier II wind farm created about 250 jobs during peak construction time.
Key contracts for the Frontier II wind farm
German wind turbine maker – Nordex supplied 74 units of its 4.8-MW wind turbines for the Frontier II wind farm. On the other hand, Amshore Renewable Energy was responsible for the development support for the Frontier Windpower II project in Oklahoma, while Wanzek Construction was the project contractor.