Project Development, Wind Power

FPL Energy Dedicates 735 MW Wind Energy Center

FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, dedicated the 735-megawatt (MW) Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas, which contains 291 GE 1.5-MW wind turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines spread across 47,000 acres in two counties.

The first phase of the project consisting of 213 MW was completed in late 2005; phase two with 223.5 MW was completed in the second quarter of 2006; and phase three, adding 299 MW, was completed in September. Among more than 200 guests attending to celebrate the commercial operation of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center was Dyess Air Force Base Commander Timothy Ray, who said, “The Air Force is the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the nation, and Dyess Air Force Base is leading the way as the first federal installation to use 100 percent wind-generated electricity. “Dyess is a true success story,” said the 7th Bomb Wing commander, “and we’re proud to be part of this community that’s so dedicated to making our nation a little cleaner for our children and grandchildren.” “The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is a great example of a project put together by a terrific team that will benefit the state of Texas for many years to come,” said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for FPL Energy, which operates more than 1,600 MW of wind power in Texas.