The Prairie Rose II Wind Farm is a 100 megawatt wind farm under development in Rock and Pipestone Counties in Minnesota. The project is a development of Geronimo Energy, LLC, a utilty-scale developer based out of Edina, Minnesota. The Prairie Rose II Wind Farm’s footprint spans about 10,000 acres and represents a total investment of nearly $160 million once fully developed. Geronimo plans to construct up to 67 turbines and will work with local and nationally respected construction partners to bring the project to completion. Both counties are ideal for wind development due to strong wind resource, enthusiastic landowners, a welcoming community, and available transmission opportunities. The Prairie Rose II Wind Farm will adjoin the Prairie Rose Wind Farm.
|Operational Capacity:||100 MW|
|Location:||Rock and Pipestone Counties, Minnesota|
|Project Developer:||Geronimo Energy|
|Number of Turbines:||43-67|
Since 2008, Prairie Rose II developers have been working with landowners, businesses, contractors, legislators, and other members of Rock and Pipestone Counties to make the project a reality. The project is in development next to the Prairie Rose Wind Farm, which has a Power Purchase Agreement with Xcel Energy. Xcel also owns the option to buy the Prairie Rose II project. Permitting on the project has yet to begin.
ROCK AND PIPESTONE COUNTY, MN
Rock and Pipestone Counties are located in the wind-abundant southwestern part of Minnesota, in an area called the Buffalo Ridge.
The average wind speed in both counties, measured at 80 meters, is 8.3 meters per second, which is about 18.5 miles per hour. The prevailing wind direction is from the northwest and south.