Duke Energy expanding renewable portfolio with first wind project in Iowa

Charlotte-based Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions is underway on its first wind farm in Iowa with Verizon Communications Inc. contracted to purchase 180 megawatts worth of the capacity under a 15-year virtual power-purchase agreement.

Ledyard Windpower, slated for completion next year, is a 207-megawatt project DESS will own and operate on a 12,000-acre agricultural site in Kossuth County, Iowa. DESS says that the land will continue to be used for farming.

Iowa has the nation’s second-largest…


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