200-MW Longhorn Wind Project in Texas spins into action

EDF Renewable Energy announced June 3 that the 200-MW Longhorn Wind Project in Texas reached commercial operation on May 1 of this year.

The project, spanning 33,000 acres in Floyd and Briscoe counties, is comprised of 100 Vestas V-100 wind turbine generators with a rated capacity of 2 MW each. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) developed and constructed the project, which utilizes the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) transmission infrastructure to deliver the low-cost renewable generation resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.

“Longhorn represents EDF Renewable Energy’s fifth project to be placed in service in Texas in the past three years bringing our installed capacity in the state to 872 megawatts,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy.

Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer for RES Americas, added: “RES continues its commitment to growing the Texas economy by creating many jobs with the construction workforce peaking at 250, 14 permanent jobs for operations and maintenance, and spending nearly $3.5M in the local community during construction. Longhorn is our 18th completed project in the Lone Star State and marks our first construction project with EDF RE.”

Longhorn’s output is sold to a creditworthy, unnamed counterparty under a long-term, fixed-price energy purchase agreement.

EDF Renewable Services will provide balance-of-plant operations and maintenance for the facility including 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC-compliant Operations Control Center (OCC). EDF Renewable Services has over 1.3 GW under contract in Texas.

EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. EDF Renewable Energy’s North American portfolio consists of 5.6 GW of developed projects with 3.1 GW of installed capacity throughout U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Since 1997, RES 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 employs more than 300 full-time professionals and has over 7,500 MW of utility-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects and constructed more than 600 miles of transmissions lines throughout the U.S., Canada, and Chile. RES’ corporate office in the U.S. is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, Texas, Minneapolis, Minn., and San Francisco, Calif.

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