TradeWind Energy Reaches Two Major Milestones: Ten Years And One Gigawatt
Wind and Solar Project Development Company Marks One Gigawatt of Installed
Wind Capacity and Celebrates 10th Anniversary
LENEXA, Kan., Oct. 8, 2013
LENEXA, Kan., Oct.8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TradeWind Energy, Inc., one of the
largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the United
States, has reached a significant power generation milestone as it celebrates
the company's 10th year in business. With the installation of the 91^st wind
turbine at the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, TradeWind Energy is now responsible
for the successful development of wind projects totaling one gigawatt of
electrical generation capacity, representing $1.7 billion invested in projects
in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.
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To put this accomplishment into perspective, one gigawatt of wind projects
will produce enough electricity to power 330,000 average American homes
annually, which is enough to power all the households in a city about the size
of Oklahoma City.
The installation of TradeWind's 91^st wind turbine was completed on October 7,
2013, at the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project southwest of Garden City, Kan. Buffalo
Dunes is located in Haskell, Grant and Finney counties in Kansas. Clean,
low-cost electricity generated from the Buffalo Dunes site is being delivered
to the customers of Alabama Power Company, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based
"We couldn't be more proud of reaching this important milestone for our
company," said TradeWind co-founder and CEO Rob Freeman. "It is a testament to
the investment we have made in people and to the hard work and extraordinary
abilities of the entire TradeWind team. We are most grateful to our partner
Enel Green Power, and the landowners, communities and local elected officials
who have demonstrated their support time and again for TradeWind, and also our
customers who have invested in this low-cost source of renewable energy. Our
entire TradeWind team is inspired to keep working hard toward our second
gigawatt of renewable energy."
Freeman and the company's two other co-founders came from divergent
backgrounds--a corporate attorney turned entrepreneur, a technology
entrepreneur and a drummer turned civil engineer--but all shared a deep
passion for the promise and potential of renewable energy. They built the
business from the ground up, and today TradeWind is considered one of the most
experienced development teams in the country.
TradeWind was a finalist this year for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award,
and the company was honored recently with the Kansas Governor's Energy
Achievement Award. TradeWind also received the national Outstanding Commercial
Achievement Award by the American Wind Energy Association.
"I'm extremely proud of our ability to deliver solutions that help control
volatile and rising energy costs while addressing the challenge of energy
security and environmental sustainability," said Matt Gilhousen, co-founder
and chief development officer. "I'm most proud, however, of our project siting
track record throughout our 10-year history. We firmly set a policy of only
developing sites that have a very low environmental impact to existing land
and eco-systems, and we always seek to partner with the local communities
where we develop our projects."
What do the next ten years hold for TradeWind Energy?
"You can count on more innovation," says Geoff Coventry, co-founder and chief
operating officer. "From day one, our vision has been one of building a more
sustainable energy future for our children and future generations. We believe
the next 10 years will bring exciting innovations and restructurings
throughout the electric power industry which will be good for consumers,
businesses, and the environment."
ABOUT TRADEWIND ENERGY
Headquartered in Lenexa, KS, TradeWind Energy, Inc. is one of the largest
independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S.Founded
in 2003, the company has earned a reputation for its innovation in the market,
its highly skilled and passionate team, and for its respect for the people and
communities where it develops projects.
TradeWind takes great pride in its demonstrated ability to deliver low-cost
wind and solar energy to diverse markets while maintaining an uncompromising
commitment to long-term project quality. The company is actively developing
about 3,000 MW of wind and solar energy projects in multiple states across the
U.S. For more information, visit www.tradewindenergy.com.
SOURCE TradeWind Energy, Inc.
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