Princeton, N.J., March 5, 2010 – NRG Energy signed a letter of intent to purchase the South Trent wind farm near Sweetwater, Texas.
The 101 MW wind farm, which came online in January 2009, consists of 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind power turbines capable, at maximum capacity, of powering more than 80,000 homes.
AEP Energy Partners, Inc. has a 20-year power purchase agreement for all of the generation from the site.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas must approve the proposed acquisition. As a result of the PUCT approval requirement and pending satisfaction of certain other conditions precedent, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
Upon successful conclusion of the acquisition, South Trent will become the fourth plant in NRG’s onshore wind portfolio.
NRG owns and operates the 120 MW Elbow Creek wind farm near Big Spring, Texas and the 150 MW Langford wind farm near San Angelo, Texas. NRG is also a 50 percent owner of the 150 MW Sherbino wind farm near Fort Stockton, Texas operated by BP Alternative Energy, North America.
NRG’s low- and no-carbon operating assets, as well as assets in development, include new nuclear, photovoltaic solar and solar thermal, onshore and offshore wind, biomass and a commercial-scale carbon capture project for fossil-fueled generation.
NRG Energy’s power plants provide more than 24,000 megawatts of generation capacity – enough to supply more than 20 million homes. NRG’s retail business, Reliant Energy, serves more than 1.6 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers in Texas.