Ørsted completes Willow Creek Wind: Company makes final investment decision on Western Trail Wind

Work on the Willow Creek Wind Farm is complete and Orsted, the company to bring the project to the finish line, has made final investment decision on Western Trail Wind. Courtesy photo

BUTTE COUNTY –– Construction on a windfarm near Newell is now complete. Willow Creek Wind, a 103MW project located in Butte County, is the second Ørsted project in Southwest Power Pool territory aimed at further diversifying the operational portfolio into the renewable energy market.

“The completion of Willow Creek Wind marks the successful transition of another safe, on-time, on-budget project in 2020 into our operational fleet; a solid team achievement given the COVID-19 impact across the industry this year,” said Neil O’Donovan, chief operating officer of Ørsted›s onshore business. “The team’s adaptability and resilience in delivering the Willow Creek project during this challenging period while working with multiple new partners is particularly satisfying.”

Willow Creek will generate new property tax revenue that can support local services and provide support to project landowners, who will receive long-term rental income by hosting the turbines.

BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, provided tax equity for Willow Creek as part of a portfolio with the 230MW Plum Creek project in Nebraska, which was commissioned in June.

Investment decision on Western Trail Wind

In addition, the company also strengthened its ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) asset base with the final investment decision of our largest onshore wind project to date, Western Trail Wind. Located near its Lockett Wind project, the 367MW project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021.

With the completion of Willow Creek and addition of Western Trail Wind, Ørsted’s onshore business now has 2.7GW in operation and under construction, growth of 2GW over the past two years.

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