Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has completed its 110 MW Los Vientos V wind project in Texas.
Located in Starr County, the project features 55 Vestas 2 MW turbines, and Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities are purchasing the wind farm’s output under 25-year agreements.
With this new wind farm online as of late December, Duke Energy Renewables says it added 400 MW of wind and 200 MW of solar power to its U.S. renewables portfolio in 2015.
“We’ve come a long way since we constructed our first 29 MW wind site in 2008,” says Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. “The company surpassed the 2,000 MW milestone just six months ago, and we’ve continued to accelerate renewables growth to a year-end total approaching 2,500 MW.”
In addition to Los Vientos V, Duke Energy Renewables completed the 200 MW Los Vientos III wind project last year and acquired half of the 211 MW Mesquite Creek wind site, which supplies energy to candy maker Mars Inc.
Duke Energy Renewables also brought more than 200 MW of solar energy online in 2015. It built eight solar projects in North Carolina, totaling about 160 MW, including the 80 MW Conetoe facility. The business also completed the 20 MW Seville I and 30 MW Seville II solar power projects in California.