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Xcel Energy Expands Plans to Add Wind Farm Capacity to 3,380 MW

LCG, March 23, 2017--Xcel Energy yesterday announced plans to make the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in the country. The proposed plan is expected to increase the amount of wind energy in the Xcel's energy mix by 2021, with wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total energy mix.

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First Solar Starts Operations of the 250-MW Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project

LCG, March 22, 2017--First Solar, Inc. Friday held the commissioning ceremony for the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located approximately 30 miles north of Las Vegas on the Moapa River Indian Reservation. The power generated by the 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project will be purchased under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP).

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Pattern Development Completes 185-MW Wind Project in British Columbia

LCG, February 28, 2017--Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development") yesterday announced the completion of its 184.6 MW Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia. The addition of the new capacity increases British Columbia's total installed wind capacity to 673.6 MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Main construction on the project commenced in June 2015.

The CEO of Pattern Development stated, "Meikle Wind is now the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37 percent. Located in a mountainous region, this project was unique for its construction, design and weather challenges, as well as for our discovery of rare dinosaur tracks during construction, which we donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum."

The Meikle Wind project is comprised of 61 GE wind turbines, and the facility has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with BC Hydro. The facility will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, together with a variety of local subcontractors.
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