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April 07, 2004

Illinois Gains Its First Commercial Wind Power Plant

Photo of Mendota Hills Wind Farm.

The Mendota Hills Wind Farm in Illinois.
Credit: Navitas Energy

The first commercial wind power project in Illinois, a 50.4-megawatt project, was dedicated in late March by Spanish wind energy developer Gamesa Energia. Called the Mendota Hills Wind Farm, the project is the first in the United States for Gamesa. See the Gamesa press release.

California has also gained another wind power plant: SeaWest WindPower dedicated the 22-megawatt Mountain View III wind plant near San Diego, California, on March 10th. See the SeaWest WindPower press release.

Wind power has gained sufficient status in the United States to prompt Underwriter Laboratories Inc. (UL), a not-for-profit testing organization, to develop the country's first commercial wind turbine testing site. The new facility will be built just north of Cheyenne, Wyoming, by the end of this year, allowing UL to independently test and certify commercial wind turbines. The State of Wyoming is providing $1.25 million for the new facility in conjunction with DOE. See the UL press release and Distributed Generation Equipment Web page.

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