Germany utility E.On has installed and successfully tested the first of 94 turbines at the Settlers Trail wind farm in Illinois, USA, marking an important step forward in its plans to expand its renewable energy business in North America.

With an installed capacity of 150 MW, Settlers Trail will be the fourteenth wind farm built by E.On in the USA in just three years. Wind power in North America has been identified by the German company as one of its four major growth businesses.

Settlers Trail will bring E.On’s total installed wind capacity in North America to over 2000 MW. E.On invested more than €1 billion in renewable energy worldwide in 2010, and plans to invest a further €2.6 billion in the period 2011-2013.