Project Development, Wind Power

Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center Completes 662 MW

FPL Energy completed 662 megawatts (MW) of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas in the end of August. When the last phase of the project is complete later this month, the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center will have a total capacity of 735 MW, making it the largest wind farm in the U.S.

The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is comprised of 291 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines spread over nearly 47,000 acres in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas. The first phase of the project consisting of 213 MW was completed in late 2005; phase two consisting of 223.5 MW was completed in the second quarter of 2006; and phase three consisting of 299 MW, of which 225 MW are already operational, is expected to be completed by the end of September. Once Horse Hollow is complete, FPL Energy will operate more than 1,600 MW of wind in Texas alone. “Projects like Horse Hollow are possible because of the pro-business environment that exists in Texas today as well as tremendous support from the local community,” said Jim Robo, president of FPL Energy. “Because of the strong support we have received in Texas, this year alone we have invested more than $1 billion to expand our wind business in the state and bring the benefits of this clean, renewable energy source to tens of thousands of Texans.” FPL Energy, through its subsidiaries, operates 47 wind farms in the U.S. with a gross capacity of 4,002 MW. Since July 2005 FPL Energy has added 880 MW of new wind and expects more than 220 MW to reach commercial operation by the end of the year. FPL Energy plans to add at least 1,500 MW to its portfolio, excluding acquisitions, over the course of the 2006/2007 period.