E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America officially marked the completion of the majority of construction on the second phase of its Papalote Creek Wind Farm in Texas. The project is expected to be placed in service by the end of the year.
EC&R is investing an estimated taxable value of more than $460 million in the local community, has employed more than 1,000 people during construction and expects to establish 18 to 20 permanent positions in San Patricio County.
Phase I of the project came online in 2009 with 179.85 MW, bringing the total generation of the complex to nearly 400 MW.
The 87 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines on the site of phase II will provide more than 200 MW of power.
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LRCA) announced the signing of an 18-year power purchase agreement with EC&R in December 2009. Under the agreement, LCRA will purchase the entire output from Phase II.
SOURCE: E.ON Climate & Renewables