Xcel Energy, a recognized energy leader in eight Midwestern and Western states, is ramping up development of affordable renewable power to contribute more than half of the utility’s electrical mix in Colorado by 2026. The recently completed 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project will help meet the goal.
Getting a handle on property lines in the four-county project area presented an early challenge because very little survey history existed. Project developer Invenergy, a leading developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, enlisted Olsson to tackle the challenge.
We quickly mobilized our survey staff, putting boots in the field while providing technical support from multiple offices. As a result, Olsson staff located numerous section corners originally established in the 1800s by the General Land Office. Interestingly, we determined that some of the landowners within the 100,000-acre project area were descendants of the original land patent owners.
When the work was accomplished on time and under budget, Olsson had completed more American Land Title Association surveys for Rush Creek than for any other wind energy project in our portfolio.
The $1 billion project features 300 turbines in two connected locations and 90 miles of high-voltage transmission line. In late 2018, Rush Creek started generating enough clean electricity to supply 325,000 homes while eliminating production of 1 million pounds of carbon each year.
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