The wind farm at Peetz has 33 wind turbines -- the first of their kind for a commercial operation in the U.S. NEG Micon manufactures the turbines and each can generate up to 900 kilowatts. Each unit consists of a 170-foot diameter rotor and a turbine, set on a 237-foot high tower. The total weight of each unit, including rotors, turbine and tower, is 164 tons.
Electricity from the wind farm is sold through Xcel Energy's WindsourceŽ program, one of the largest customer-driven wind power programs in the nation. With the addition of almost 30 megawatts of purchased wind energy, Xcel Energy offers nearly 60 megawatts of wind power to its 1.3 million electric customers in Colorado. One megawatt of wind power can serve approximately 300 residential homes.
Xcel Energy also generates 30 megawatts of electricity at its Ponnequin Wind Facility, located in northern Colorado just south of the Wyoming state line near Cheyenne. Power produced at Ponnequin is also sold through Xcel Energy's WindsourceŽ program.