With state and local officials looking on, EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and BlackRock Infrastructure celebrated the completion of the 200 MW Hereford Wind project, located in Deaf Smith County, Texas.
The Hereford Wind project, encompassing approximately 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County, commenced the construction of 54 GE 1.85 MW and 50 Vestas V100 2 MW wind turbines in November 2013 and achieved commercial operation on Dec. 22, 2014.
According to EDF RE, the project interconnects to the recently completed Competitive Renewable Energy Zone transmission infrastructure that enables delivery of competitively priced power from the strong wind resource regions of West Texas to the rest of Texas.
Hereford Wind is EDF RE's fourth operating project in Texas, following the 161 MW Spinning Spur, 150 MW Bobcat Bluff and 161 Spinning Spur II wind farms. The company has two additional wind projects in construction, eventually boosting its installed capacity in Texas to more than 1 GW.
The Hereford Wind project represents EDF RE's confidence in the next wave of wind power's growth and construction in the state and increased investment in Deaf Smith County.
EDF RE presented the Deaf Smith County Crisis Center with a $2,500 donation at the ceremony as part of its community engagement program.