Southern Power Scoops Up Texas Wind From RES

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 01, 2017 No Comments
Categories : Projects & Contracts

Broomfield, Colo.-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has sold the Cactus Flats Wind Facility to Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co.

RES, serving as the developer for Cactus Flats, was also awarded a contract to complete balance-of-plant construction. Located in Concho County, Texas – between San Angelo and Brady – the project will comprise 43 Vestas wind turbines and have a nameplate capacity of 148 MW.

Cactus Flats will be RES’ 23rd renewable energy project in Texas. Once the wind farm is operational, the full capacity of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold under two separate power purchase agreements with General Mills and General Motors. Both companies will have the option to keep or sell the RECs.

Official notice to proceed was received on July 31, and project completion is estimated for the third quarter of 2018. Tax-incentive agreements related to the project have been finalized with Concho County, the Concho County Hospital District and the Eden Consolidate Independent School District. The project will create nearly 300 jobs during the peak of construction, RES notes.

Cactus Flats is RES’ second project with Southern Power. RES recently announced the completion of the 102 MW, Southern Power-owned Lamesa Solar Facility in Dawson County, Texas.

With the addition of Cactus Flats, Southern Power now owns nine wind facilities capable of producing more than 1.5 GW of wholesale energy. Southern Power’s wind facilities are part of the company’s 3.4 GW renewable fleet, which consists of 37 solar, wind and biomass facilities from California to Maine.

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