EDF Renewable Energy said Dec. 20 that the 161-MW Spinning Spur Wind Project, located in Oldham County, Texas, about 30 miles west of Amarillo, is operational and supplying electricity to the regional grid.
The project, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines, will deliver carbon-free electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), under a 15-year power purchase agreement. EDF Renewable Services, formerly enXco Service Corp., will service the balance-of-plant during the turbine warranty period.
“Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity, due to robust wind resources, a business friendly environment, and supportive stakeholders at the state and local levels,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “Spinning Spur represents EDF Renewable Energy’s first project in Texas, and we look forward to future opportunities to build on newly established partnerships with the project’s landowners, the local community, and Southwestern Public Service Company.”
Cielo Wind Services Inc. of Austin, Texas, participated with EDF Renewable Energy in the construction management of the project.
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer. It specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with a presence in other segments of the renewable market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. Its portfolio consists of over 4.5 GW of developed projects with 1.5 GW of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, which is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group.