Longhorn Wind Reaches Commercial Operation

EDF expands its installation capacity in Texas to 872 MW

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EDF Renewable Energy recently announced that the 200 MW Longhorn Wind Project in Texas reached commercial operation on May 1.

The project, spanning 33,000 acres in Floyd and Briscoe counties, is comprised of 100 Vestas V-100 wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2 MW each. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. developed and constructed the project, which utilizes the CREZ transmission infrastructure to deliver the low-cost renewable generation resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market.

“Longhorn represents EDF Renewable Energy’s fifth project to be placed in service in Texas in the past three years bringing our installed capacity in the state to 872 MW,” said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of EDF Renewable Energy. “We are particularly pleased to be up and running in Floyd and Briscoe Counties, and look forward to working closely with the local community throughout the life of the Longhorn Wind Project.”

Longhorn Wind will generate enough electricity to power approximately 55,000 homes — according to U.S. Energy Environmental Protection Agency methodology — avoiding approximately 375,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, the equivalent of the annual emissions from approximately 80,000 passenger vehicles. Longhorn’s output is sold to a creditworthy counterparty under a long-term, fixed-price energy purchase agreement.

“RES continues its commitment to growing the Texas economy by creating many jobs with the construction workforce peaking at 250, 14 permanent jobs for operations and maintenance, and spending nearly $3.5M in the local community during construction,” said Andrew Fowler, chief operating officer for RES Americas.   “Longhorn is our 18th completed project in the Lone Star State and marks our first construction project with EDF RE. We look forward to continuing to work with EDF RE to provide secure and sustainable energy solutions in the future.”
 
— Source: EDF Renewable Energy