ACCIONA Energy begins construction on 93-MW San Roman wind project in Texas

ACCIONA Energy announced Jan. 14 that it has started construction work on the 93-MW San Roman Wind Farm, located near the southeast coast of Texas.

It is the eighth wind farm owned by the company in the United States, bringing ACCIONA’s U.S. wind power capacity to 721 MW. The project was acquired by ACCIONA Energy from developer Pioneer Green Energy.

Located in Cameron County, the San Roman Wind Farm will be equipped with 31 ACCIONA Windpower AW125/3000 turbines. Each turbine has a rotor diameter of 125 meters and will be mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower. The new wind farm will be operational by the end of 2016. The electricity generated by the project will help create a more reliable power supply for Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, an area that has suffered rolling blackouts in recent years due to a lack of local electric resources.

ACCIONA Energy North America CEO Ilya Hartmann said: “The San Roman Wind Farm represents ACCIONA’s renewed investment activity in the important United States market. ACCIONA is working to grow its renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. and Canada and the San Roman project is an important step toward that goal.”

Greg Buis, president of Pioneer Green, stated: “We are proud of the success of this project achieved through the dedication of many different people, including local landowners and the teams working at ACCIONA and Pioneer Green. Due to the combined efforts of all those involved, the San Roman project will provide affordable, renewable domestic energy for decades to come.”

The San Roman Wind Farm will create roughly 80 full-time jobs during construction and seven permanent jobs during the operations phase. The recent long-term extension of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) is an important factor in ACCIONA’s decision to increase investment in U.S. wind energy projects.

ACCIONA currently has 628 MW of wind power capacity operational in the United States, with three wind farms in Oklahoma (329 MW), one in North and South Dakota (180 MW), one in Illinois (100.5 MW) and another two in North Dakota and Iowa (12 MW and 6 MW respectively). It also has a 64 MW concentrating solar plant in Nevada.

The company also has 181 MW of operational wind capacity in Canada (in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick) and 556 MW in Mexico (all in Oaxaca). With the new wind farm, ACCIONA Energy’s renewable energy capacity will exceed 1,500 MW in North America.

ACCIONA will invest around $2.5 billion by 2020 to build new renewable energy installations worldwide, increasing the company’s capacity by approximately 1,900 MW.

ACCIONA Energy is a global operator in renewable energies with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. It owns and operates 220 wind farms totaling 7,208 MW; 79 hydro plants (888 MW); 314 MW in CSP, 143 MWp in photovoltaic energy and 61 MW in biomass. It belongs to the ACCIONA Group, one of Spain’s largest corporations.

Pioneer Green Energy is a developer of utility-scale wind and solar projects across the U.S. The company initiated development of over 1,050 MW of renewable energy projects now in construction or operated by leading industry players. Additionally, prior to forming Pioneer Green Energy, the company’s principals helped develop over 2,700 MW of currently operating wind projects owned by leading industry players. The company is based in Austin, Texas.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.