Pattern Energy Group closed financing and started building on the 218 MW Panhandle Wind project in Texas. The project will use Texas’ Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure that connects to the state’s power grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
The Panhandle project will use 118 General Electric (GE) 1.85 MW wind turbines, as well as construction of a 345 kV substation, transmission line and operations facility.
Citigroup Energy Inc. will buy the output under a long-term hedge offtake agreement. GE Energy Financial Services and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. will invest structured equity in the project. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2014.