E.ON commissions 211-MW Grandview wind project in Texas

E.ON has launched commercial operation of both a 211-MW wind facility in Texas and an 18-MW solar project at a U.S. Army base in Arizona during a one-week period.

Both the start of commercial operation of the onshore wind farm Grandview I in the Texas Panhandle and of the Fort Huachuca Solar Plant in Arizona occurred in a single week, E.ON said in a Dec. 18 news release.

Grandview I is a 211-MW wind project located 26 miles east of Amarillo. The wind farm uses 118 wind turbines and will generate enough electricity to power 64,000 homes, avoiding 482,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, E.ON said.

E.ON has developed 2.7 GW of wind projects in the United States since 2005. Grandview is formed as a joint venture between E.ON and GE Energy Financial Services.

Additionally, the Fort Huachuca Solar Plant in southern Arizona is now generating power to the grid. The 18-MW plant is the largest solar project built on a U.S. Department of Defense military installation, E.ON said.

Built at the U.S. Army Fort Huachuca in partnership with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), E.ON provided construction management and supply chain services for the project. TEP will own and operate the project and supply electricity to Fort Huachuca under a long-term contract.

“The commissioning of a solar project and a wind farm demonstrates our capability to work successfully with a range of technologies,” said the CEO of E.ONs renewables division Eckhardt Rümmler.

It is a major advantage that E.ON is able to handle different regimes and partners globally.” Both projects were safely realized within time and budget, Rümmler said in a news release.

In November, E.ON announced that it will focus on renewables, distribution networks, and customer solutions and combine its conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses in a new, independent company, a majority of which will be spun off to E.ON SE shareholders.

Based in Germany, E.ON is a major investor-owned energy supplier. At facilities across Europe, Russia, and North America, the organization’s more than 62,000 employees generated approximately EUR122.5 billion in sales in 2013.

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