OwnEnergy and Mortenson Construction recently announced the completion of construction on the Windthorst II Wind Farm located in Windthorst, Texas, approximately 110 miles northwest of Dallas.
OwnEnergy developed the project and a fund managed by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, purchased a majority interest in the project in December 2013.
The Windthorst II Wind Farm will provide $1 million in property tax payments to Archer County and create 3 to 4 full time operation and maintenance jobs for the lifetime of the project.
“Completing construction on the Windthorst II wind project, which is our sixth wind farm to spin and our seventh completed project overall, is a major milestone for OwnEnergy” said OwnEnergy Founder and CEO Jacob Susman. “We are proud to demonstrate our construction and asset management capabilities with the completion of Windthorst II. What’s more, we are thrilled to work with BlackRock and Mortensen to bring clean, cost-competitive wind energy to Texas. We appreciate the long-term support from the community leaders and residents of Archer County, and we are looking forward to continuing our commitment to Texas’s clean energy economy.”
Mortenson was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, including, the erection of 28 2.4-MW Siemens turbines; foundations; underground collection; 69kv substation and access roads. Approximately 160 jobs were created throughout the course of construction.
The Windthorst II project is the 26th wind facility the renewable energy contractor has built in the state to date out of a total of 140 wind projects completed or under construction throughout North America.
“We are very pleased to have entered into a relationship with OwnEnergy as they continue to grow their wind portfolio and make their mark in the industry,” said Tim Maag, VP and general manager of Mortenson’s Wind Energy Group. “We applaud their growing commitment to building projects with local ownership.”
— Source: Mortenson