January 18, 2016
RES Announces Substantial Completion of 198 MW Bluestem Wind Project
Broomfield, Colo. – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce substantial completion of the Bluestem Wind Project located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. The project, which consists of 60 Vestas V117-3.3 MW™ turbines, will distribute power via OG&E’s transmission system, feeding the grids of cities and industries across the state, in addition to the broader Southwest Power Pool region. The project is expected to generate approximately 845,000 MWh per year, enough electricity to power 77,000 U.S. homes.
RES developed the project and also served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. The project is RES’ seventh operational wind farm in Oklahoma and the first in the state for Exelon Generation, who purchased the project in December 2015.
In December of 2015, Google announced a power purchase agreement with Bluestem Wind, advancing Google’s goal to provide 100 percent of its energy from renewable resources. Google, who buys electricity from local grids to power its data centers across the country, has purchased approximately 572 megawatts of Oklahoma wind to date – more than 10 percent of the state’s wind capacity.
“RES is proud of the collaborative environment that was fostered on site with Exelon, Vestas, and the community to make this project so successful,” said Ivor Catto, Chief Executive Officer of RES. “We look forward to creating yet more renewable energy solutions in order to grow the economy and provide more jobs.”
RES employed nearly 500 workers during project construction, with a peak daily workforce of over 200 people at the height of construction. RES logged over 330,000 man-hours to safely deliver the project ahead of the COD deadline. In addition to collaborating with local contractors and employing local labor, RES contributed an estimated $6 million to the economy of Beaver County, Oklahoma, diverted over 70% of project waste from the landfill, and participated in community programs and events such as the Beaver County Food Bank, the City of Beaver Library Summer Reading Program, and the Beaver County Youth Rodeo.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is a leading global renewable energy company. RES has constructed over 160 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of more than 12,000-megawatts (MW) around the world. RES has been active in North America since 1997, and has a renewable energy and storage construction portfolio that exceeds 9,000 MW and over 100 projects, and has constructed more than 1,000 miles of overhead and transmission lines. In addition, RES has a robust development pipeline of wind, solar, and energy storage projects across North America, and the company currently operates more than 250 MW of renewable energy and storage projects. For more information visit http://www.res-group.com/en/.
About Exelon Corporation
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2015 revenue of $34.5 billion. Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on wind power solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with 78 GW of wind turbines in 75 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 68 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 21,900 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) is one of the world’s leading independent renewable energy companies. At the forefront of renewable energy development for over 30 years, RES has developed and/or built over 12GW of renewable energy capacity worldwide. RES' core activities are onshore wind, offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission. RES is headquartered in the United Kingdom and operates across the globe.