Work on Montana’s largest wind farm to begin when ground thaws

GREAT FALLS (AP) — Construction of the state’s largest wind farm is scheduled to begin this spring 85 miles north of here, Spain-based developer Naturener said.

Naturener has chosen Mortenson Construction, based in Minnesota, as the general contractor.

In the first phase, 69 towers capable of producing

103-½ megawatts will be erected in Toole County. The second phase includes land in Glacier County.

Combined, the two phases will include 140 towers producing 210 megawatts. A single megawatt of wind power generates enough electricity for 250 to 300 homes.

The project is smaller than originally planned but will still be larger than the 135-megawatt Judith Gap Energy Center, the state’s sole utility-scale wind facility.

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