Houston, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Horizon Wind Energy, owned by EDP Renovaveis, fully commissioned more than 500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy projects in December of 2008. The 201-MW Meridian Way Wind Farm located in north central Kansas, the 102.9-MW Rattlesnake Road Wind Farm located in Oregon, and the first phase (201.3 MW) of the Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm located in Iowa, are now fully operational.
“These wind farms mark our entry into two additional states, Kansas and Iowa; Horizon is proud to contribute to the clean energy future in regions with such promising wind resources,” said Antonio Martins da Costa, Chairman and CEO of Horizon Wind Energy. “In addition, we are proud to start the commercial operation of our second wind farm in Oregon; we now have more than 200 megawatts operating in the state and are continuing to research new opportunities with several hundred megawatts under development.”
Iowa has long been a leader in renewable energy, as of third quarter 2008, the American Wind Energy Association ranked Iowa number three in wind power installed in the United States with over 1300 MW of existing projects installed, and is ranked tenth in terms of potential capacity.
Kansas ranks twelfth in installed wind power capacity in the United States with less than 400 MW installed, but could climb in rank this year to nearly 1000 MW of total installed capacity. As of third quarter 2008, the American Wind Energy Association ranked Oregon number seven in wind power capacity in the United States with more than 900 MW installed and a potential capacity of several thousand megawatts.