AES Corp Unveils Mississippi’s First Utility-Scale Wind Farm, Combining Renewable Energy and Agriculture

US utility AES has inaugurated its 183-MW Delta wind farm in , marking a significant milestone as the state's first utility-scale wind generation site. The project, located on 14,000 acres of privately owned farmland on the Mississippi Delta, is a unique initiative that will not only generate renewable but also support agricultural activities.

At an official ceremony held in Tunica County last week, AES celebrated the completion of the Delta wind farm, which was attended by project stakeholders and community leaders. The wind farm features 41 turbine generators and will provide electricity for local facilities and operations of Amazon.

“We are proud to unveil Mississippi's first utility-scale wind farm, which represents a significant step forward in our commitment to sustainable energy development,” said a spokesperson for AES Corp. “The Delta wind farm is a testament to our dedication to innovation and sustainability, and we are excited about the positive impact it will have on the local community and the environment.”

The wind farm, developed by wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S and acquired by AES in 2022, reached the shovel-ready phase before construction began in 2023. Commercial operations commenced in April, with the wind farm's output equivalent to the annual power demand of approximately 80,000 Mississippi homes.

In addition to generating clean energy, the Delta wind farm will also support agricultural activities, with the area around the turbines being used for growing rice, soybeans, corn, and wheat. The project represents a unique integration of renewable energy and agriculture, showcasing the potential for innovative approaches to sustainable development.

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