Published on April 6th, 2016 |
by Jake Richardson
April 6th, 2016 by Jake Richardson
Invenergy Wind has arranged construction financing for its 257 MWWake Wind Energy Center project located in Texas, about 50 miles east of Lubbock.Were pleased to have reached financial close for our Wake Wind project in Texas, the nations topstate for installed wind.Wake Wind adds to our growing portfolio in Texas, bringing our total wind generation tonearly 2,000 MW in the state, explainedJim Murphy, CFOand COO atInvenergy.
150 GE 1.715 MW wind turbines will be used at the site, and the wind farm is expected to begin commercial operations in the third quarter of this year.
About 200 jobs will be created during the construction phase and another dozenwill be required when the wind facility begins to operate.Dickens, Crosby and Floyd counties are where the turbines will be installedand each county willreceive annual payments. Lease payments will be made to individual land holders as well.
Two contractors are participating in the construction phase: Blattner Energy andEPC Services. Blattner is taking care of the mechanical and civil aspects andthe transmission line. EPC is responsible for the electrical substation.
Invenergy has already signed a PPA for 125 MW with Owens Corning todeliverelectricity to the manufacturer.
Invenergy also completed financing for a separate Texas farm in 2016. The GunsightWind Energy Center site is in Howard County, Texas, and it is expected to have a capacityof 120 MW. It will also use GE turbines.
Invenergy Wind has developed over 5,539 MW of wind power projectsin North America and Europe. It has also developed many solar, natural gas and energy storage projects. The companys home office is located in Chicago.
Its great to see a very large American wind power farm being developed by an American company which also chose to purchase and install American wind turbinesespecially for a project located in a state very well-known for fossil fuels. Texas has plenty of natural wind power resourcesand solar powerso it very well may become a renewable energy leader some day. In fact, it is already doing well in wind power; about 40% of the whole states electricity was generated by it for a brief period.
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