Invenergy, 3M mark startup of 120-MW Gunsight Mountain Wind project in Texas

Invenergy LLC and 3M on Sept. 28 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Invenergy’s 120-MW Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center located near Big Spring, Texas.

Invenergy employees, 3M representatives, and several members of the community gathered for the ceremony to officially mark the opening of the facility. The project started service on June 22 of this year, and it features 67 General Electric 1.79-MW turbines with a combined capacity of approximately 120 MW. It is located in Howard County, about 20 miles north of the city of Big Spring and connects to the ERCOT market at the Buzzard Draw Switching Station–Big Spring/China Grove 138-kV transmission line via a new station named Gunsight Mountain Switching Station.

“Renewable energy procurement by offsite corporations nearly tripled between 2014 and 2015. This is one of the most exciting changes occurring in the industry, and Invenergy is thrilled to be at the forefront of this trend,” said Bryan Schueler, Senior Vice President of Development at Invenergy. “This agreement will help 3M strengthen their commitment to sustainability and is a major step towards changing how the world uses energy.”

3M, a global science-based company, signed a power purchase agreement with Invenergy earlier this year. 3M has announced a goal of increasing renewable energy to 25% of its total electricity use by 2025.

With the addition of the Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center, Invenergy now has a wind project portfolio that includes more than 7,650 MW of capacity.

Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.  Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,700 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects.

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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.