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Pioneer Grove Wind Farm– Tipton, IA

Project Owner - Acciona

WTG Model - AW116/3000

Total MW - 6 MW

Interconnect Utility / Voltage - 69kV

Challenges / Unique aspects - The Pioneer Grove Wind Farm Project is located near Tipton, Iowa at the site of the Acciona’s wind turbine manufacturing location. It was Acciona’s North American pilot/demonstration project for both its flagship 3.0 MW turbine, the AW116/3000, and its unique 100 meter concrete tower design.

The project consists of one (1) AW116/3000 turbine on a 100 meter concrete tower and one (1) AW116/3000 on a 92 meter steel tower for a total project size of six megawatts. A 6-mile, 12 kV collection system connects the wind project to a 69 kV step up substation. TVIG was the BOP General Contractor whose scope of work included civil and foundation construction, turbine/concrete tower erection, and the electrical collection and substation.

One unique challenge to this project was the installation of the 100 meter concrete tower. A tower of its kind had not been erected in North American and the installation manual was in Spanish. TVIG was instrumental in helping Acciona develop the installation procedures and the conversion of the manual in English.

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