Shell WindEnergy unveiled plans to build its largest wind farm to date at a site 90 miles Southeast of Lubbock, Texas, in Scurry and Borden counties. The 160 MW project, to be constructed in a 50-50 joint venture with Padoma Wind Power, is due to be completed by the end of this year.Houston, Texas – July 24, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Brazos wind farm will consist of 160 Mitsubishi MWT 1000-A wind turbines, some of which will stand some 226 feet tall and weigh more than 370,000 pounds (170 tons). The total output from the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power approximately 30,000 homes. “Shell WindEnergy is committed to being a major player in the American wind sector,” David Jones, director of Shell WindEnergy. “Brazos is twice the size of our previous biggest project and at a stroke will increase our installed gross capacity in the United States from 232 MW to 392 MW.” The wind farm is being developed by Cielo Wind Power, and Orion Energy, while TXU Energy has agreed to purchase electricity generated by the wind farm and has entered into a retail electricity arrangement with Green Mountain Energy Company. Shell WindEnergy will be the operator of the wind farm. The Wind Farm at Brazos will be the first and largest wind farm built since Texans were given the right to choose their Retail Electric Provider, according to Green Mountain Energy which entered into an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the wind output from the project. “The Brazos Wind Farm constitutes yet another example of the extremely successful policies enacted by the State of Texas to encourage the development of clean renewable energy sources within that State,” said Jan Paulin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Padoma Wind Power. The Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos will prevent an estimated 360,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year. To put this into perspective, it would be like taking all the cars and SUVs in Houston off the road for about a week to avoid the same amount of CO2. Shell WindEnergy currently owns four wind parks in the United States; Rock River I in Wyoming (50 MW), White Deer (80 MW) in Texas, and Cabazon (41 MW) and Whitewater Hill (61 MW) in California.