The Cattle Ridge Wind Farm is a 200 megawatt wind farm under development in Grant County in South Dakota. The project is a development of Cattle Ridge Wind Farm, LLC, a fully-owned subsidiary of Geronimo Energy. The Cattle Ridge Wind Farm’s footprint spans approximately 16,000 acres over Stockholm, Twin Brooks and Mazeppa Townships, and represents a total investment of approximately $350 million once fully developed. The project boasts strong wind resource, enthusiastic landowners, a welcoming community, and available transmission opportunities.
|Operational Capacity:||200 MW|
|Location:||Grant County, South Dakota|
|Number of Turbines:||~50-100|
|Acres in Project Footprint:||Approximately 16,000, with an estimated 60 acres
taken out of agricultural production during operation
|CO2 Emissions Reduced:||604,000 metric tons/ year|
|Landowner Payments:||~$1.2 million/ year|
|Local Community Fund:||up to $40,000/ year|
|Direct Local Economic Impact:||~$43 million over 20 years|
For several years, Geronimo has been evaluating the geographic area surrounding the Cattle Ridge Wind Farm, including environmental research and analysis, Wind Resource Analysis, title search for constraints and limitations in the area, and open discussions with key landowners. Geronimo has opened a local office and has engaged the local community to build support for both projects, including land lease execution.
GRANT COUNTY, SD
The Cattle Ridge Wind Farm is located in the north eastern region of South Dakota, near the Minnesota/ South Dakota border.
The average wind speed, measured at 80 meters, is 8.5 meters per second, which is just under 19 miles per hour. The prevailing wind direction is from the northwest and south.