The first wind power project on Texas’ western power grid has been commissioned in El Paso.
AUSTIN, Texas, US, 2001-04-25 <SolarAccess.com> The first wind power project in Texas on the western grid has been commissioned in El Paso. Cielo Wind Power, LLC and El Paso Electric have started generating green power from the Hueco Mountain Wind Ranch. The 2 MW facility features two V-47 turbines from Vestas that will generate sufficient power for 500 homes in the El Paso region. “We’re very excited about this project at El Paso Electric and we’re anxious to find out how our customers will respond to the option of purchasing renewable electric energy,” says Eddie Rodriguez, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer at El Paso Electric. The Hueco Mountain Wind Ranch will allow customers to purchase renewable wind electricity, on a first-come, first-served basis, in increments of 100 kWh per month. The program should be available by this summer. “Wind power is an excellent generation technology for El Paso,” adds Walter Hornaday, president of Cielo Wind Power. “Wind power produces no air pollution, uses no water for cooling, and uses the natural, undepletable wind resource of West Texas as its fuel source.” Cielo Wind is based in Austin, Texas and claims to be the largest wind developer in the state. It is a privately held company.