Officials have dedicated a 75-turbine wind farm in northern North Dakota that was more than a dozen years in the making.
Xcel Energy's $250 million Border Winds Farm north of Rolla employs 11 people and can produce 150 megawatts of electricity. Plant Superintendent Jayme Orrack says that's enough to power more than 78,000 homes.
Landowners who allowed turbines on their property are expected to get a total of about $13 million in lease payments over the next 20 years.
Xcel Regional Vice President Laura McCarten says it will help the Minnesota-based utility toward its goal of delivering more renewable energy to upper Midwest customers.
Rolla Jobs Development Authority Director George Youngerman says the project began 13 years ago, and "it is a real treat to see this day happen."