Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Chicago-based Goldwind Americas, a unit of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology won notice to proceed on construction for the Rattlesnake Wind Project located in McCulloch County, Texas.
Goldwind bought the 160 MW project from RES in May of 2016.
The Rattlesnake Wind Project will be RES’ eighteenth wind project in the state of Texas, and the first in partnership with Goldwind Americas. The development will consist of 64 Goldwind 2.5MW Permanent Magnet Direct-Drive (PMDD) 109m turbines. Once completed, Rattlesnake will be Goldwind’s largest U.S. wind project to date.
“Goldwind Americas is proud to be working with RES to construct this milestone project, our first project in Texas and first tax equity financed project,” said David Halligan, Chief Executive Officer of Goldwind Americas.
“RES is proud to have already constructed nearly 15 percent of the total wind power capacity in Texas. Together, with Goldwind Americas, we are creating jobs, reducing emissions and delivering economic benefits to local communities,” said Ivor Catto, Chief Executive Officer of RES.
Rattlesnake Wind was developed and will be constructed under a Balance of Plant agreement by RES. Goldwind Americas secured financing for the project from Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Citi, a first of its kind for a Chinese wind energy technology company.
Rattlesnake was developed in coordination with local stakeholders and 32 participating landowners. The project has tax incentive agreements in place with McCulloch County, McCulloch County Hospital District, Brady Independent School District (ISD), and Lohn ISD.