Duke Energy wind project in Texas now producing energy

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, announced that its 200-MW Mesteño Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy’s fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

The project’s output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production.

Mesteño contains turbines 590.5 feet tall — some of the tallest wind turbines in the United States. The tall tower turbines harness stronger winds, which result in an increase in wind energy production.

“We’re excited to bring another wind project online in Texas and plan to continue investing in renewable energy in the state,” said Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “This project will deliver clean energy and significant economic benefits.”

During peak construction, the wind project created about 200 jobs. It will also deliver more than $16 million in tax revenue over the first 10 years of its operation.

Vestas supplied 56 3.6-MW turbines for the site.

“We’re pleased to expand our tall tower technology and V136-3.6 MW platform,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “The combination of taller towers and V136-3.6 MW technology is perfectly designed to extract the abundant resource at the site, and deliver low-cost, reliable energy to the community and customer.”

The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will produce enough energy to power about 60,000 average homes.

Amshore US Wind provided development support for the project, and Wanzek Construction is the contractor.

Duke Energy is one of the nation’s top renewable energy providers — on track to own or purchase 8,000 MW of wind, solar and biomass energy by the end of 2020.

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