Astra Wind registers for 163-MW project in Texas

Astra Wind LLC on Nov. 28 filed a registration as a power generator with the Public Utility Commission of Texas for its 163.2-MW wind farm project in Deaf Smith County, Texas.

No information was given in the filing on when this project would go into operation.

A listed project contact is: Leandro Alves, 1212 New York Avenue N.W., Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005,, phone 202-618-7143, fax 866-920-8112.

Sharyland Utilities LP on Sep. 9 filed with the Texas commission an amendment to an interconnection agreement with Happy Whiteface Wind LLC that, among other things, changed the name of the project development company and the generating capacity of the wind turbines to be used. The new project company name is Astra Wind LLC. The filing indicates this was a name change for the existing company and isn’t a new developer. Alves is a listed contact person in the interconnection change.

This change, called Amendment No. 3, also replaces the prior 68 General Electric 2.3-MW wind turbines, with 2.4-MW turbines. After testing, GE decided it could upgrade the 2.3-MW turbines through new software to the 2.4-MW level. The number of turbines remained at 68. Another change is that a scheduled commercial operation date of Aug. 1, 2016, was pushed back to Dec. 31, 2016.

The project’s Point of Interconnection is in Deaf Smith County, at Sharyland’s Windmill Substation.

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