Chicago-based Invenergy says its 207 MW Rattlesnake Wind Energy Center, located in Glasscock County, Texas, has started commercial operations.
According to Invenergy, the wind farm consists of 118 GE 1.7 MW wind turbines, and its output feeds into Texas' Competitive Renewable Energy Zone infrastructure.
Rattlesnake created more than 200 construction jobs, and a full-time staff of 12 will operate and maintain the operating facility. Blattner Energy was the project's general contractor, and System 3 Inc. was the substation and transmission line contractor. Rattlesnake will benefit its host community by providing an estimated combined economic infusion of $3.3 million annually via property tax payments, landowner payments and staff salaries.
Invenergy's operating project portfolio in Texas includes eight wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 1,300 MW. The projects provide a combined economic infusion of more than $20 million annually via property tax payments, landowner payments and staff salaries.