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Dakota Range III wind project in South Dakota

Overview
Overview

Dakota Range III is sited in a rural area where large-scale energy projects bring much needed economic development, including short- and long-term employment as well as tax benefits to the local community. Located in northeastern South Dakota, the project site is surrounded by active agricultural fields. The Project is slated to start construction in Q2 2020.

  • Location: Grant & Roberts Counties, South Dakota
  • Status: Under Construction
  • COD: May  2021
  • Project MW: 151.2 MW
  • Customer: Xcel Energy
Laying the foundation
Component delivery
Stacking
Project Details
Project Details

Real Estate

  • Over 19,000 acres of land under long-term lease, including all planned wind turbine, collection lines, and access roads
  •  8-mile overhead transmission line route required for project under easement

Interconnection

  • Generator Interconnection Agreement executed in February 2019
  • 345 kV Interconnection at the Twin Brooks substation
Environment and Permitting
Environment and Permitting

Environment

  • Full wildlife site characterization studies completed per U.S. Fish & Wildlife Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
  • No significant biological constraints identified
  • No incidental take or eagle take permits required

Permitting

  • All discretionary permits have been acquired
  • PUC project docket can be found here: https://puc.sd.gov/Dockets/Electric/2018/EL18-046.aspx
  • Ministerial permits for construction/operation are in the process of being obtained
  • FAA Determinations of No Hazard for have been obtained

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