EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles U.S. subsidiary, announced it acquired all the shares of a wind project in Texas of 161 MW, until co-owned and developed in partnership with Cielo Wind Power.
Equipped with 87 General Electric turbines with a unit capacity of 1.85 MW, the future park Spinning Spur II will cover an area of more than 16 11 500 hectares (28 426 acres) in Oldham County. Construction is expected to start in June 2013 for a commissioning expected during the summer of 2014.
The wind farm Spinning Spur II will be one of the first projects to be connected to one of the new lines connecting North Texas (Panhandle), known as the CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, or “competitive production areas renewable energy”). The electricity generated by the park will be sold at a fixed price for the first 10 years of the project.
According to the French energy company, the renewal of the tax “Production Tax Credit” given to wind farms in operation or under construction in 2013 credit fosters partnerships with developers like Cielo Wind Power.
After windfarms Spinning Spur I (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) commissioned in December 2012, the project Spinning Spur II is the third EDF Energies Nouvelles facility in Texas, bringing to term capacity Group 472 MW gross in this state of the United States.