Glen Ullin Wind Farm will provide 55,000 North Dakota homes with energy

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GLEN ULLIN, N.D. - A new wind farm in Morton and Mercer counties is expected to come online this month, providing power for more than 50,000 customers.

The Glen Ullin Energy Center is the first wind farm in North Dakota developed, built and operated by Allete Clean Energy out of Duluth, Minnesota.

Plans for the 43 wind turbine farm began in 2008. Construction was completed over the summer and the turbines are expected to begin producing energy by the end of November.

These wind turbines, located near Glen Ullin, sit on 30,000 acres of land.

"There all excited about being a part of a project like this, not only from a financial stand point but just seeing it, and they know the area is coming and the turbines are going to be area," said Scott Monroe, construction manager.

The energy center, which began as an idea in 2008, is in its final stages of completion.

"Now the general electric technicians are carefully fine tuning each piece of equipment and bringing them online one at a time, very safely and efficiently. We have a portion of the farm, three quarters of the project is already full electrified and turbines are coming on every day," said Al Rudeck, president of Allete Clean Energy.

The 106-megawatt wind farm will provide thousands of homes with energy here in North Dakota.

"The whole site would produce enough power for about 55,000 homes over a years’ time. Of course that depends on the wind regime too. The power is constantly up and down depending on the wind," said Blue Nalder, wind site manager.

With a plan for future expansion.

"We have more phases of Glen Ullin that could be built in the future if we get the transmission and the customers and also other projects around the state," said Rudeck.

However, there's more to the project than what meet the eye.

"We've put in about 14 miles of road for this project, we've got 47 miles of underground cables that actually take the electricity from each tower and take them back to the substation,” said Monroe.

From wind to power, lighting up homes and business around North Dakota, in hopes of a brighter and more efficient future.

Once completed, the project will cost between $150 and $200 million.