Invenergy Wind LLC announced Monday, July 9, the completion of construction and start of full commercial operations for the first phase of its Bishop Hill Wind Energy facility.


    Invenergy Wind LLC announced Monday, July 9, the completion of construction and start of full commercial operations for the first phase of its Bishop Hill Wind Energy facility.

    This first phase of the 233-turbine, 200-megawatt project features 133 General Electric wind turbines located on 22,000 acres of farm land. The turbines produce enough clean, renewable energy to power about 120,000 homes.

    Turbines in this first phase, built in the Galva-Bishop Hill area, have been seen by area residents operating at various times for a few months. That’s part of the commissioning and maintenance process. Monday’s announcement by Invenergy means the phase has moved beyond preparatory work and is now fully operational. 

    “Invenergy is proud that the Bishop Hill Wind farm is generating a new source of renewable energy here in our home state of Illinois,” said Jim Shield, Chief Development Officer of Chicago-based Invenergy. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with our host community, and we appreciate the strong support in Henry County for the project.”

    The project employed 220 skilled workers during peak construction. Fourteen full-time Invenergy employees now operate and maintain the project.

    A second phase of the Bishop Hill project, the 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project, was developed by Invenergy and acquired in March by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. Bishop Hill II is in construction in Henry County.

    A third phase of the Bishop Hill project planned by Invenergy also is in development. As proposed, it would feature 83 turbines and also would be located in Henry County.

    The nation’s largest independent wind power generation company, Invenergy and its affiliated companies currently have 6,600-megawatts of wind, solar and thermal projects under contract, in construction, or in operation.

    For more information about the company, go to www.invenergyllc.com.