Wind Energy Plants in Texas
Brazos
Location: TX
Operator: Shell WindEnergy
Configuration: 160 X 1 MW MWT-1000a
Operation: 2004
WTG supplier: MHI
Quick facts: Also known as Green Mountain. Project was built as a 50:50 joint venture with Padoma Wind. Mitsui & Co bought out Padoma stake in Jun 2004. Output is sold to TXU.

Photograph courtesy of Shell WindEnergy
Posted 12 Oct 2005

Camp Springs
Location: TX
Operator: Invenergy LLC
Configuration: 85 X 1.5 MW 1.5SLE
Operation: 2007
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts: Also known as Scurry County. All power from Camp Springs is sold into the ERCOT wholesale market. Commodity price risk was mitigated under a long-term hedging structure with Fortis Merchant and Private Banking. Fortis also arranged and provided construction financing for the facility. Along with Invenergy, equity investment was provided by affiliates of JPMorgan, Northwestern Mutual, Prudential Capital Group and Wells Fargo.

Photograph courtesy of Invenergy LLC
Posted 15 Aug 2007

Desert Sky
Location: TX
Operator: AEP Wind Energy LLC
Configuration: 107 X 1.5 MW
Operation: 2001
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts: Also known as Indian Mesa or Clear Sky. Output is sold to CPS Energy. Total WTG height is 328ft from base to blade tip and total weight is 163.3t. Project acquired by AEP from Enron in Dec 2001 for $175mn.

Photograph courtesy of CPS Energy
Posted 2 Jan 2006

Elbow Creek
Location: TX
Operator: NRG Energy Inc
Configuration: 53 X 2.3 MW SWT-2.3-93
Operation: 2008
WTG supplier: Siemens
EPC: Mortenson
Quick facts: Elbow Creek is near Big Springs.

Photograph courtesy of Siemens
Posted 3 Mar 2011

Goat Mountain
Location: TX
Operator: Edison Mission
Configuration: 80 X 1 MW 1000A, 29 X 2.4 MW 2400
Operation: 2008-2009
WTG supplier: MHI
EPC: Wanzek Construction
Quick facts: Goat Mountain Wind Ranch is in Coke and Sterling counties about 30mi north of San Angelo. It sells power to LCRA and is connected at 345kV. The 11,000ac project has 20 landowners as partners. This was Edison Missionís first wind project in Texas.This project was developed with Cielo Wind Power LP.

Photograph courtesy of Wanzek Construction
Posted 1 Nov 2009

Penascal
Location: TX
Operator: Iberdrola Renewables Inc
Configuration: 168 X 2.4 MW MWT92/2.4
Operation: 2009-2010
WTG supplier: MHI
EPC: Mortenson
Quick facts: This project in Kenedy County was Iberdrola's largest wind plant at completion. Electricity is sold to CPS Energy and South Texas Energy Cooperative. The plant cost about $440mn and was built in two phaes, the second completing in Jun 2010. The complex has a radar system that can detect flocks of migratory birds and shut down turbines if necessary.

Photograph courtesy of CPS Energy
Posted 4 Mar 2011

Snyder
Location: TX
Operator: Enel North America Inc
Configuration: 21 X 3 MW V90
Operation: 2008
WTG supplier: Vestas
EPC: WKN
Quick facts: Snyder Wind was developed by WKN and is located in Scurry County. Construction was completed in Dec 2007 and the plant commissioned on 11 Jan 2008. These were the largest WTG assemblies in the USA at the time with 105m towers. Enel and Fortis Energy Marketing & Trading have a 1.1 TWh, 10yr fixed-price hedge agreement for the wind park.

Photograph by jwill (apaoramio)
Posted 6 Jun 2009

Southwest Mesa
Location: TX
Operator: NextEra
Configuration: 107 X 750 kW NM750/48
Operation: 1999
WTG supplier: Micon

Photograph courtesy of NEG Micon
Posted 20 Mar 2004

Texas A&M Corpus CHristi
Location: TX
Operator: Texas A&M University
Configuration: 3 X 20-kW
Operation: 2012
WTG supplier: Urban Green Energy
EPC: Nouveau Construction and Technology Services
Quick facts: These 75ft tall, 20-kW wind turbines on the main campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were said to be the largest of their kind when they went into operation on 21 Sep 2012. The university wind power initiative also includes 8 4-kW machines. It was funded by a $955,000 Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Stimulus Grant from the State Energy Conservation Office and the U.S. Department of Energy. The University then matched $265,000 in funds, for a total of $1.2 million for the project.

Photograph by tamuccmarcom (flickr)
Posted 24 Sep 2012

 
White Deer
Location: TX
Operator: Shell WindEnergy
Configuration: 80 X 1 MW MWT-1000
Operation: 2002
WTG supplier: MHI
Quick facts: Also known as Llano Estacado. WTG strings extend 9mi over 5,760ac. Project is a joint venture with Entergy. Output is sold to Southwestern Public Service.

Photograph courtesy of Shell WindEnergy
Posted 12 Oct 2005

Wildorado
Location: TX
Operator: Edison Mission Group
Configuration: 70 X 2.3 MW MK II/2.3
Operation: 2007
WTG supplier: Siemens
EPC: Mortenson
Quick facts: This is Edison Mission Group’s first wind project in Texas. The site is 25mi west of Amarillo in Oldham, Potter and Randall counties. Grid connection is via a 20mi, 230kV tie-line. The project was developed by Cielo Wind Power and sells electricity to Xcel Energy.

Photograph by Billy Hathorn (wikipedia)
Posted 27 Dec 2010

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 24-Sep-2012

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