Acciona Energy began construction work on the 93-MW San Roman Wind Farm, which is located near the southeast coast of Texas. It is the eighth wind farm owned by the company in the United States, bringing Acciona’s U.S. wind power capacity to 721 MW. Acciona acquired the project from the developer Pioneer Green Energy.
Located in Cameron County, San Roman will be equipped with 31 Acciona Windpower AW125/3000 turbines. Each turbine has a rotor diameter of 125 meters and will be mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower. The new wind farm will be operational by the end of 2016.
The San Roman Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy to power more than 30,000 U.S. homes. The electricity generated by the project will help create a more reliable power supply for Texas’ Rio Grande Valley — an area that has suffered rolling blackouts in recent years due to a lack of local electric resources.
“The San Roman wind farm represents Acciona’s renewed investment activity in the important U.S. market,” said Acciona Energy North America CEO Ilya Hartmann. “We are working to grow our renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. and Canada and the San Roman project is an important step toward that goal.”
Greg Buis, president of Pioneer Green, added, “We are proud of the success this project achieved through the dedication of many different people, including local landowners and the teams working at Acciona and Pioneer Green. Due to the combined efforts of all those involved, the San Roman project will provide affordable, renewable, domestic energy for decades to come.”
The San Roman Wind Park will create roughly 80 full-time jobs during the construction phase and seven permanent jobs during the operations phase. Over its 25-year lifespan, the project is expected to pay more than $30 million in local taxes to benefit entities such as the Cameron County schools, water districts, and hospitals. It is also expected to generate more than $25 million in lease payments to local landowners. Acciona will also establish a scholarship fund and a community benefit fund to support the community.
The recent long-term extension of the federal production tax credit (PTC) is an important factor in Acciona’s decision to increase investment in U.S. wind energy projects.
— Source: Acciona Energy
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