Oklahoma, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Acciona Energy North America has opened its 123-megawatt (MW) Red Hills Wind Farm, located in Roger Mills and Custer counties, near Elk City, Oklahoma. Featuring 82 Acciona Windpower 1.5-MW wind turbines, the Red Hills facility is spread across 5,000 rural acres.
The energy generated at the Red Hills Wind Farm is sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) in a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA). Construction of the multi-million dollar project began in May 2008 and was installed by the end of that year. It was managed by Mortenson Construction with turbine erection being managed by White Construction.
Acciona said that the Red Hills Wind Farm created 15 new full-time local jobs and more than 200 people were employed during the construction phase. Long-term lease agreements have been completed with 12 landowners or land trusts.
With the exception of the small footprint made by the 82 turbines, at about one acre each, land use is dominated by cattle grazing which coexist with the wind energy production. This is the first renewable energy project that Acciona has developed and built in the state of Oklahoma.