Border Winds wind farm operates near Rolla

The Border Winds wind farm north of Rolla was dedicated in July 2017, hosted by Xcel Energy. Xcel Energy acquired the 75-turbine farm spanning over 19,000 acres. Submitted Photo

2017 was a banner year for Rolette County and the Rolla Job Development Authority.

Xcel Energy hosted the dedication of the Border Winds wind farm north of Rolla in Rolette County. Xcel acquired this 75-turbine farm that generates 150 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power for about 78,750 homes. The farm spans over 19,000 acres and had a total investment of $260 million.

Xcel Energy’s Principal Manager Mark Nisbet hosted the dedication and welcomed guests and participants from around North Dakota. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was the keynote presenter with other presentations from Xcel Energy, Rolette County Commission and George Youngerman, director of the Rolla Job Development Authority, who was the primary developer over the last 13 years.

Youngerman stated that this whole project started as an intriguing thought in the spring of 2003 and has had an interesting history of development up to this dedication. The North Dakota Department of Commerce, University of North Dakota’s EERC and a host of others provided extensive assistance.

Xcel Energy is the Number 1 utility wind energy provider in the nation for the 12th consecutive year.

The dedication was held in July 2017.