Minneapolis, MN – National Wind Assessments recently announced its agreement to install 10 60-meter meteorological (met) towers for Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) throughout the state of Nebraska. NPPD requested proposals from several wind assessment companies earlier this year, and awarded National Wind Assessments the contract. In addition, National Wind Assessments will provide wind data collection services for all 10 met towers. The state's largest electric utility, NPPD serves approximately one million people in Nebraska.
Nebraska ranks sixth in the country in wind power potential, but currently ranks 19th in installed capacity, with just 73 MW of existing projects. As the primary owner and developer of a 60 MW wind energy facility in Ainsworth, NPPD has led the charge for wind power development in Nebraska.
Meteorological towers are becoming a crucial component of every wind development project. Typically a minimum of one year, on-site wind data is needed to effectively site a wind farm.
“We are pleased to provide our wind assessment services to Nebraska's leading utility company,” says Kevin Romuld, President of National Wind Assessments. “We are excited NPPD chose us to help capture Nebraska's wind resources and we look forward to working with them on this project,” says Romuld. “I think being chosen as part of the RFP process, validates National Wind Assessment's expertise and efficiency in met tower installation and wind resource analysis.”
The 10 met tower installations will be split into two phases. The first phase of installation and data collection will begin this month.
SOURCE: National Wind Assessments