Pattern Energy Group held a grand opening ceremony to dedicate its new 200 MW Logan’s Gap Wind facility in Comanche County, Texas. Now operating at full capacity, Logan’s Gap Wind will create enough renewable energy to power 50,000 homes in Texas each year.
Walmart has a 10-year power purchase agreement to acquire 58 percent of the expected output from the facility. Seventeen percent of the expected output will be sold under a 13-year fixed price agreement with a A-/Baa2-rated financial institution. The remaining 25 percent of expected output will be sold at ERCOT spot market prices.
“Walmart has a goal to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, and sourcing from wind energy projects – like the Logan’s Gap Wind Facility – is a core component in the mix,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart. “The energy we’ll procure from this facility represents nearly one-fifth of the U.S. portion of our goal to source seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy by 2020. That’s a significant leap forward on our renewable energy journey.”
As part of its commitment to the communities where it operates, Pattern Energy created the Logan’s Gap Wind Community Benefits Program to support causes within the greater Comanche County community.
Construction of the wind power facility created hundreds of jobs. An average of 250 workers were on site during construction with up to 550 workers on site during peak activity. There are 12 full-time permanent workers to operate and maintain the facility.
Each year the Logan’s Gap Wind facility will avoid the emission of 780,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide — equal to taking 153,000 cars off the roads — and conserves enough water to meet the needs of more than 9,000 Texans each year, according to statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and The University of Texas.
Located in ERCOT’s North Zone, the Logan’s Gap Wind facility connects to Oncor’s 138kV Comanche”Zephyr line, which crosses the facility site and supplies power to the Dallas”Fort Worth area.