FPL Gallops into Texas with 220 MW of Wind Energy

Winter in Texas will come with a new wind development, which should bring 220.5 MW to the state’s power grid. Florida Power and Light (FPL) Energy has plans to build, own and operate the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center on a 22,500-acre site just south of Abilene, Texas.

Horse Hollow will be comprised of 147 1.5 MW wind turbines, and initial site work on the project is underway with full-scale construction expected to begin in the next few weeks and be completed no later than December 2005. FPL said it expects to spend more than $15 million on the purchase of goods and services throughout the region during construction. In addition, the company said up to 130 construction jobs will be created during the peak construction period. “The Horse Hollow project is another important milestone in the disciplined growth of our wind portfolio,” said Jim Robo, president of FPL Energy. “This project will bring an important new source of clean, renewable power to the region and provide a significant economic impact to the area in the form of taxes, new jobs, lease payments to landowners and the purchase of local goods and services.” Horse Hollow is FPL Energy’s second wind project in Taylor County. The company recently began commercial operation at the 114 MW Callahan Divide Wind Energy Center located approximately 12 miles southwest of Abilene. The company’s previously announced 106.5 MW Weatherford Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma is under construction and expected to begin commercial operation during the second quarter 2005. Together these projects represent 441 MW of the company’s goal of adding up to 750 MW of new wind to its portfolio in 2005. When the Weatherford and Horse Hollow projects are complete, FPL Energy will own and operate nearly 3,200 net MW of wind generation.
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