30MW Wind Farm in Kimball County, Nebraska
Kimball Wind LLC is a 30MW wind farm in Kimball County, Nebraska, developed by Sandhills Energy LLC and acquired by Aspenall Energies in 2017. The project received final permitting approval third quarter 2017 and Aspenall commenced construction shortly thereafter. On June 29th, 2018 the facility began commercial generation. The project is expected to supply enough annual energy to power approximately 11,000 homes.
The project includes the decommissioning of the existing Kimball Wind Farm, erected in 2002.
Kimball Wind represents the first re-powering of a utility scale wind farm in Nebraska. The original 10.5 MW Kimball wind farm was constructed in 2002, by the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (“MEAN”). This first generation wind facility delivered clean energy to MEAN members for nearly fifteen years. Sandhills Energy recognized an opportunity to rebuild the facility with modern larger diameter machines, as well as the opportunity to expand the facility to take advantage of the wind resource available at the State’s highest elevation. Sandhills Energy won a competitive solicitation held by MEAN to decommission the first generation farm and construct the new facility. With strong local support, statewide demand for renewable energy, and Aspenall’s commitment to the municipal market, the project is an example of how older facilities in Nebraska can be repowered to take advantage of current technology and Nebraska’s strong wind resource.