RPM Access (RPMA), an independent Iowa wind developer, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO).
The power and its renewable energy credits will be generated by its 54 MW Independence wind farm located near the town of Ryan in Delaware County, Iowa.
RPMA anticipates full commercial operation before the end of 2021.
“Adding the Independence wind project to our energy portfolio comes at an important time. With economics being a key driver, this resource will deliver cost-effective electricity to our member-owners. The addition of this wind farm further enhances our commitment to local energy production and environmental stewardship. We are proud to work with a local developer like RPM Access on another wind project that supports rural Iowa.”Bill Cherrier, CEO and executive vice president of CIPCO.
“We are excited to work with CIPCO again and appreciate their continued confidence in our relationship. This project will be our second wind farm in Delaware County where RPMA built the Elk Wind Energy project in 2011. We are very grateful for the support provided by the landowners, County government, and local communities that host and welcome our projects.”Stephen Dryden, principal of RPM Access.
When complete, the Independence wind project will utilize a total of 19 turbines on approximately 292-foot high towers.
Construction activities at Independence have been ongoing with turbines scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2021.