E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) have signed an 18-year power purchase agreement (PPA). Under the agreement, LCRA will purchase the entire output from Phase II of EC&R's Papalote Creek wind farm – approximately 200 MW of energy.
Phase II of the Papalote Creek wind farm is expected to become operational in 2010 and will consist of 87 turbines. The wind complex is located 30 miles north of Corpus Christi in San Patricio County and is EC&R's second wind farm in south Texas.
‘This project is expected to produce its greatest output during periods of peak usage, which is truly an exceptional benefit,’ says Steve Trenholm, CEO of EC&R North America.
The agreement with E.ON Climate & Renewables nearly triples LCRA's current capacity for wind-generated power.
Construction of the first phase of the Papalote Creek wind farm began in April 2008. The phase was completed in November 2009 and currently consists of 109 turbines that provide about 180 MW of power.
SOURCE: Lower Colorado River Authority