With state and local officials in attendance, co-owners E.ON Climate & Renewables North America (EC&RNA) and GE Energy Financial Services officially dedicated the 211.2 MW Grandview Wind Farm, located 30 miles east of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle.
The Grandview Wind Farm is powered by 118 GE 1.79 MW turbines. The project achieved commercial operation at the end of last year.
According to EC&RNA, Grandview – more than a decade in the making – was one of the first wind projects that helped pave the way for the development of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones transmission project, says Patrick Woodson, chairman at EC&RNA.
According to Woodson, wind farm construction – as well as continuing operations – created 300 temporary and 13 permanent jobs, as well as economic development opportunities. More than $4 million of local spending on labor, subcontractors, infrastructure and materials as well as 40 miles of road upgrades, with $40 million in projected additional tax revenues will be generated during the life of the project.
During the ceremony, EC&RNA and GE Energy Financial Services presented the ambulance service of city of Groom, Texas with a check for $100,000 to be used toward the purchase of a new ambulance.