Acciona Energia is set to build its second wind farm in Texas and the company’s ninth in the US, which will increase the company’s US wind power capacity to 866MW.
The $200m Palmas Altas wind farm will be equipped with 46 wind turbines of Nordex technology and will have a capacity of 144.9MW. Grid connection is planned for November 2019.
Located near the San Roman wind farm in Cameron County that Acciona launched in December 2016, the new facility will produce around 524GWh of clean energy per year, equivalent to the consumption of 43,000 US households, and offset the emission of 503,000 tonnes of CO2 from coal-fired power stations.
Acciona Energy USA Global CEO Rafael Esteban said: “We are proud to undertake a new wind power project that consolidates the reactivation of our investment activity in the US and confirms our commitment to grow in a controlled and profitable manner in a market that continues to offer very interesting opportunities for the renewables sector.”
The Palmas Altas project is expected to employ 170 people at the peak of construction and will be staffed by a 10-person operations team.
The wind farm is expected to generate $40m in local tax revenue over its 25-year lifespan. It is also expected to generate more than $44m in lease payments to local landowners.
The wind turbines will be Nordex’s AW125/3150 model with a rotor diameter of 125m, mounted on an 87.5m steel tower (hub height).
The energy produced by the Palmas Altas wind farm will be sold in the ERCOT-South Texas wholesale market.
Currently, Acciona Energia owns and operates eight wind farms in the US. In addition to San Roman (93MW), the company has three other wind farms in Oklahoma (329MW), two in the Dakotas (192MW), one in Illinois (101MW) and one in Iowa (6MW).
The company also has a 64MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Nevada Desert.