Duke Energy Renewables, will build, own and operate the Los Vientos III and IV Windpower Projects, sited in South Texas near Rio Grande City in Starr County. Each will produce 200 MW of renewable electricity, enough to collectively power about 120,000 homes.
Austin Energy also purchases the power from Duke Energy Renewables’ Los Vientos II Windpower Project in Willacy and Cameron Counties.
Duke Energy Renewables will begin construction of the projects in the fourth quarter of this year, with an in-service date expected in early 2015 for Los Vientos III and mid-2016 for Los Vientos IV.
Vestas will supply 200 2-MW turbines for the two wind projects.
Once in operation, the 400 MW produced by Los Vientos III and IV will bring Duke Energy’s total wind-generated capacity to more than 2,000 MW, which firmly establishes Duke Energy Renewables in the top 10 for wind production in the country.