ACCIONA’s 93-MW San Roman wind project in Texas spins into action

ACCIONA Energy announced Dec. 12 that the San Roman Wind Farm has begun commercial operation, with this 93-MW project being ACCIONA’s eighth wind farm in the U.S.

San Roman is located near Brownsville, Texas, and is equipped with thirty-one AW125/3000 turbines manufactured by Nordex/ACCIONA Windpower. Each turbine has a rotor diameter of 125 meters and is mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower.

In addition to owning and operating the project, ACCIONA served as general contractor for construction, completing the project in approximately 11 months while generating more than 100,000 hours of work for local contractors and maintaining a near-perfect safety record. ACCIONA has hired a team of local employees to manage the wind farm’s long-term operations and maintenance.

“ACCIONA is proud to complete this latest addition to our U.S. renewable energy portfolio and become a part of the community here in Cameron County,” said Ilya Hartmann, CEO of ACCIONA Energy North America.

ACCIONA currently owns 721 MW of operating wind capacity in the United States, including the San Roman Wind Farm in Texas, 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 in North America now exceeds 1,500 MW. ACCIONA recently announced that it will construct a new 168-MW wind farm and a 227-MWp solar plant in Mexico by the end of 2018.

ACCIONA has committed to 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 Energía is a global renewable energies operator with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. It owns 220 wind farms (7,257 MW), 79 hydroelectric plants (888 MW), six solar thermal plants (314 MW), photovoltaic plants totaling 389 MWp, and three biomass-fired plants (61 MW).

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