FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 14, 2020
De Soto, Iowa - RPM Access LLC (RPMA), an independent Iowa wind developer, announced today the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement with Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). The power and its renewable energy credits will be generated by its 54 MW Independence Wind Farm located near the town of Ryan in Delaware County, Iowa. RPMA anticipates full commercial operation before the end of 2021.
“Adding the Independence wind project to our energy portfolio comes at an important time. With economics being a key driver, this resource will deliver cost-effective electricity to our member-owners,” stated Bill Cherrier, CEO and Executive Vice President of CIPCO. “The addition of this wind farm further enhances our commitment to local energy production and environmental stewardship. We are proud to work with a local developer like RPM Access on another wind project that supports rural Iowa.”
“We are excited to work with CIPCO again and appreciate their continued confidence in our relationship. This project will be our second wind farm in Delaware County where RPMA built the Elk Wind Energy project in 2011”, said Mr. Stephen Dryden, Principal of RPM Access. “We are very grateful for the support provided by the landowners, County government, and local communities that host and welcome our projects.”
When complete, the Independence wind project will utilize a total of 19 turbines on 292-foot high towers. Construction activities at Independence have been ongoing with turbines scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2021.
ABOUT RPM ACCESS LLC: RPM Access LLC (“RPMA”), headquartered in De Soto, Iowa, is a privately-held, independent power producer focusing on the development, construction and operation of utility grade wind projects in the Midwest. Over the last twenty years, RPMA (also formerly known as Midwest Renewable Energy Corporation or “MREC”) has initiated and completed development of approximately 1.5 gigawatts of operating wind farms in Iowa and Kansas.
ABOUT CIPCO: CIPCO is a generation and transmission electric cooperative owned by member cooperatives and the communities they serve. With a balanced, 24/7 energy portfolio, CIPCO is committed to providing cost-effective, safe, and reliable energy. CIPCO and its 13 members serve over 300,000 Iowans in 58 Iowa counties. CIPCO’s offices are located in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Creston, and Wilton, Iowa. For more information