Community: Horizon Wind Energy

About Horizon Wind Energy

Throughout its history, Horizon Wind Energy, LLC has gone through several stages and business models. The Company began in 1998 as a “build-transfer” developer known as Zilkha Renewable Energy, followed by a period of ownership by Goldman Sachs as a “developer-owner-operator” beginning in 2005.

Following its acquisition on July 2, 2007 by Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), a major Portuguese utility headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, the Company is now owned by EDP Renováveis, S.A. (“EDPR”), making the Company a vital part of an integrated strategic renewable energy company currently ranked third in the United States in wind energy by net installed capacity.

The Prairie Star Wind Farm

The Prairie Star Wind Farm is located in southeastern Minnesota approximately fifteen miles southeast of the town of Austin on high elevation, gently rolling prairie in southern Mower County, Minnesota.

To the south of Prairie Star is the 100 MW FPL Energy Mower County Wind Farm, which Horizon Wind Energy developed and sold to FPL in early 2006. The Prairie Star Wind Farm project site includes farmland in Clayton, Bennington, Marshall, and Grand Meadow townships. The land is primarily used to grow corn and soybean crops. Prairie Star Wind Farm produces enough clean energy to power 30,000 Minnesota homes.

Project Facts/Figures:

Location: Mower County
Acreage: 16,000 acres
Project Size: 100 megawatts
Turbines: 61 1.65 megawatt V82 turbines

The Prairie Star wind power project created 200 jobs during the construction phase, and operates with 14 full time employees. As regulated by the State of Minnesota, annual property tax replacement payments based upon the amount of electricity generated by the wind farm are distributed with eighty percent going to the county, fourteen percent to the townships and six percent to the school districts in which the wind facilities are located.

The City of LeRoy
122 W Main Street, Box 359 | LeRoy, Minnesota 55951
(507) 324-5707 |