MARYVILLE, Mo. — Tenaska has announced that the Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242-MW wind farm in northwest Missouri, as of Monday, May 4 is fully operational.
Located north of Maryville, the wind farm is comprised of 111 Vestas turbines across approximately 31,000 acres, according to a company news release.
“This project was a team effort that involved not just Tenaska, but also a number of landowners, community leaders and contractors,” said Jerry Crouse, Tenaska CEO and vice chairman. “For us all to come together and bring online this safe and efficient wind farm, that is quite an accomplishment.”
Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, is a developer and operator of generation facilities across the United States. The northwest Missouri facility is the 18th power project that the company has brought online.
The wind farm will produce its energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri.
Construction of Tenaska Clear Creek represented an investment of more than $300 million in the regional economy, according to the news release. Through Mortenson, 350 craft workers were hired from the local area and approximately $30 million in contracts were awarded to regional businesses.
Approximately 160 landowners have long-term leases with Tenaska, which is estimated to result in more than $1.2 million in lease payments annually. The wind farm is expected to generate more than $1.2 million in tax revenue annually for local units of governments. Tenaska has also established a community fund to support programs in Nodaway County. The business plans to contribute $15,000 annually for the next 20 years.