EDF Renewable Energy celebrates the completion of the Spinning Spur Wind Project with a dedication ceremony, and the launch of Spinning Spur II with a groundbreaking ceremony. The Spinning Spur projects, located in Oldham County, Texas, are each 161 MW and together will generate renewable energy sufficient to supply about 100,000 average Texas homes.
Spinning Spur, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, began delivering renewable electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service Co., a unit of Xcel Energy, under a 15-year power purchase agreement in December 2012.
Spinning Spur II is slated to start construction in June 2013 and will utilize 87 General Electric (GE) wind turbines with a rated capacity of 1.85 MW each. The project will be one of the first projects to take advantage of the new CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zones) transmission line connecting the wind generating capacity of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state. The electricity generated will be sold under a 10-year energy purchase agreement.
As part of EDF Renewable Energy’s community engagement program the company presented the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture with a $2500 donation.
Following on from the Spinning Spur (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) projects commissioned in December 2012, the Spinning Spur II project will be EDF Renewable Energy’s third project in Texas, eventually boosting the Group’s installed capacity in the state to 472 MW.