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Glacier Hills wind farm starts to spin

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – The turbine blades at the state’s largest wind farm are whirling. We Energies said Tuesday the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County has been placed into commercial service.

The 90 turbines are capable of producing enough energy to power 45,000 homes. More than 350,000 labor hours were spent on construction led by Wisconsin contractors The Boldt Co., Edgerton Contractors and Michels Corp. The turbine towers were built by Broadwind of Manitowoc.

The wind farm is spread across 17,000 acres of farmland east of Portage.

According to We Energies, the project will come in below the target of nearly $364 million set by state regulators. We Energies also operates an 88-turbine wind farm in Fond du Lac County.

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