$3.3 billion wind investment will add 2,500 MW of clean energy in South Dakota

The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020. Two other projects now in the regulatory approval process would bring 188 more turbines and another $640 million in investments to the state, bringing the total of new turbines to 888 and the investment by energy companies to $3.26 billion. The rapid expansion of wind energy will reach across the state, with the majority of new turbines targeted for the northeast corner, but with other projects planned for Hand and Hyde counties in the center of the state and a 45-turbine project now under construction near Newell in Butte County in the far northwest. Just two years ago, despite being home to the third-most-active winds in the nation, South Dakota ranked No. 19 for wind energy production among the 50 states, with 15 wind farms and a total of 584 turbines able to generate 1,014 megawatts of electricity.

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