Hammon, OK, June 22, 2009 — Acciona Energy North America completed its 123 MW Red Hills Wind Farm near Elk City, Oklahoma. This is the first renewable energy project the company has developed and built in the state.
Using 82 Acciona Windpower 1.5 MW wind turbines, Red Hills Wind Farm will generate enough clean energy to power over 40,000 U.S. homes and offset approximately 294,000 tons of carbon emissions annually. The Red Hills facility is spread across 5,000 rural acres. With the exception of the small footprint made by the 82 turbines, at about 1 acre each, land use is dominated by cattle grazing which coexist with the wind energy production.
The energy generated at the Red Hills Wind Farm will be sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) in a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) that kicked off June 1, 2009.
Construction of the multi-million dollar project began in May 2008 and was managed by Mortenson Construction with turbine erection being managed by White Construction.
Acciona Energy is a renewable energies firm with 6,037 MW of installed wind capacity owned by the company and other companies. As of December 31, 2008, the company had installed 65 MW of concentrating solar power plants and 115 MW of photovoltaic power. It also owns and operates three biomass plants (33 MW) and 19 small hydro power stations (59 MW). In biofuels, it produces biodiesel from vegetable oils and bioethanol from wine-surplus alcohol.