The nation’s largest producer of wind power will add 1,550 megawatts of new wind generation in the upper Midwest, including 600 megawatts at a wind farm located in South Dakota’s Codington, Deuel, and Grant Counties. According to Xcel Energy, the proposed Crown Ridge Wind Project will utilize more than 100 wind turbines and be capable of producing enough energy to power more than 300,000 homes. In addition, the project is anticipated to generate $75 million in property taxes and create approximately 600 jobs. Pending approvals, the project will be in service by 2020. Crown Ridge marks Xcel’s second farm in the state. The MinnDakota Wind Farm in Brookings County, which began operating in 2008, produces 54 megawatts of electricity.