Austin, Texas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Airtricity North America officially opened its 124-megawatt (MW) wind farm yesterday at Forest Creek, West Texas. TXU Wholesale, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., will purchase the electricity generated by the wind farm, which entered commercial operation in March 2007.
“Airtricity is fast becoming one of the largest wind power operators in Texas, the state that leads the U.S. in installed capacity,” said Airtricity North America CEO Declan Flanagan. “More and more businesses and policy makers are recognizing the economic and environmental advantages of wind power.”
Last month, Airtricity began construction of the 209-MW Roscoe Wind Farm, a project that it will span three counties and nearly 30,000 acres when completed. Like the Forest Creek Wind Farm, TXU Wholesale will purchase the electricity generated by the Roscoe Wind Farm.
Airtricity’s other Texas-based wind farms under construction include the 126-MW Champion Wind Farm and the 90-MW Sand Bluff Wind Farm. When those are completed, the company will generate more than 550 MW in the state. Approximately 1,000 MW of new wind capacity is expected to be installed in Texas in 2007, which would be a record annual increase.
The Forest Creek Wind Farm will provide the equivalent of 10 full time jobs during its operation over the next 25 years. The Roscoe & Champion projects will, at peak, employ more than 500 people in the construction effort.