Commercial operations kick off at 110-MW Keechi Wind project in Texas

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) announced March 3 the commercial operation start of the Keechi Wind Project in Jack County, Texas.

Construction of the 110-MW project commenced in December 2013 and commercial operation began on Jan. 23. Consisting of 55 Vestas V100-2.0 MW turbines, the project created nearly 250 jobs during the peak of construction and nine permanent operations and maintenance jobs.   

“The successful completion of the Keechi wind project included RES Americas self-performing the installation of 55 wind turbines,” said Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer of RES Americas. “It was also extremely important to us to work closely with the local community in sourcing labor and materials to construct the project.”

Keechi Wind was developed by RES Americas, was constructed under a fixed-price, engineering, procurement, and construction agreement, and was RES Americas’ first project in which it self-performed the turbine installation, positioning the company for further expansion in that space. The project, which is owned by Enbridge, connects to Brazos Electric‘s Joplin substation via a 12-mile generation tie line. Vestas will provide turbine operations and maintenance services for the first five years of the project.

The Keechi Wind Project will deliver electricity into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Microsoft Corp.

Since 1997, RES Americas has been providing development, engineering, construction, and operations services to the utility-scale wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage markets across the Americas. The company has over 7,700 MW of utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects and constructed more than 534 miles of transmissions lines. RES Americas’ corporate office is located in Broomfield, Colorado, with regional offices located in Austin, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and San Francisco, California. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.

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