US renewables developer Tradewind Energy confirmed it will roll ahead with its expanded 320MW Rattlesnake wind project in Nebraska after securing an off-take deal with Facebook, reviving what appeared to be a dormant project.
“We are proud to partner with Facebook and the Omaha Public Power District on the Tradewind-developed Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. Once the project is operational it will provide clean renewable energy to Facebook’s new Papillion Data Center. This is an exciting time for wind and solar power industries with companies like Facebook enabling the construction of more and more projects across the U.S.” the company has announced.
Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project expects to add 320 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to the electrical grid. 200MW will be allocated for the data center and 120MW will be available to other buyers.
Facebook has now signed up to take 200MW of the power at Rattlesnake for its new Papillion Data Center – allowing Tradewind to expand the project to 320MW and offer the remaining 120MW to other buyers.
Kansas City-based Tradewind is regularly ranked among the leading wind developers in the US, and has recently sold nearly all of its projects to Enel Green Power North America, including the 400MW Cimarron Bend 1 and 2 in Kansas.