200-MW Magic Valley wind project commissioned

The 200-MW Magic Valley Wind Farm in Willacy County I Texas is now operating. E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America dedicated the site in ceremonies on Aug. 23.

The project is 5 miles east of Raymondville and the first wind energy project in Willacy County. It employs 112 Vestas 1.8-MW turbines to provide it a 200-MW nameplate capacity, enough to power more than 60,000 households in Texas.

“We are honored to be a part of the local community, and we look forward to providing economic support and renewable, homegrown energy for many years to come,” said Steve Trenholm, CEO, EC&R North America, at a ceremony marking the dedication.

Construction was completed by Blattner Energy.

More than 200 people were hired during construction and the project will employ approximately 20 permanent positions in Willacy County on the wind farm. 

EC&R has invested more than $4bn in the U.S. in the last four years, creating more than 4,000 construction jobs and another 200 permanent jobs to keep its wind farms up and running.

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has signed a contract for the wind farm’s output.

The operation of this project marks the 16th operational wind farm in North America for EC&R, giving the company more than 2,000 MW online in the state of Texas alone.