RES (Renewable Energy Systems), a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas has announced it has completed construction of the Copenhagen Wind project, developed and owned by EDF Renewables. The 80 MW wind project, located in Jefferson and Lewis Counties in upstate New York, was completed on December 21, 2018.
The Copenhagen Wind project is the first wind project that RES has self-performed in the State of New York and consists of 40 Vestas V110 2.0 MW turbines. The construction, which began in 2017, employed over 300 workers at its peak with 300,000 man-hours of labor completed safely with no lost time injuries in an area that receives one of the highest levels of snowfall in the United States.
Capitalizing on New York State’s ambitions for clean energy development, the project provides an economic investment opportunity as well as an increase in the green jobs quota, and is financed through a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with Narragansett Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Grid.
“RES has met the challenge to deliver clean energy to New York head on”, says Rick Ortiz, RES Senior Vice President of Wind Construction. “We are proud of working alongside EDF Renewables to make clean energy a reality in New York and are particularly grateful to our team that engaged with the local community.”
By partnering with the local groups in Lewis and Jefferson Counties, the project secured a significant level of community involvement. RES employees engaged in various community support initiatives throughout the construction period, including raising over $2,000 for a shelf stable food drive for senior citizens during the winter months, a donation to build a new playground at a local school, and donating 42 units of blood for the local American Red Cross.