EDF Renewable Energy's 184-megawatt Kelly Creek Wind Project is now active and operational.
The project area, 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Ford and Kankakee counties, hosts 92 Vestas V100 wind turbines and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 78,000 typical Illinois homes. This is the equivalent of avoiding more than 474,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions -- or emissions from 100,000 cars -- each year.
“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to announce commercial operation of the Kelly Creek Wind Project, which is now supplying cost-competitive, fixed-priced, clean energy to the PJM energy market,” Ryan Pfaff, EDF's executive vice president for development, said. “EDF RE is also proud of Kelly Creek’s positive economic impact, generated through the use of wind turbine towers, blades and nacelles manufactured at Vestas’ Colorado facilities, the creation of approximately 100 construction jobs and 10 long-term, full-time operations jobs, long-term lease payments to landowners, and recurring tax payments to local municipalities.”
EDF Renewable Services will operate and maintain the facility.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind-energy jobs grew by 20 percent in 2015 alone. While there are 88,000 related jobs currently in the United States, projections predict 380,000 such jobs by 2030.