EDF Renewable Energy says its 161 MW Spinning Spur II wind project in Texas has reached its commercial operation date (COD).
According to EDF, Spinning Spur II commenced construction of 87 GE 1.85 MW, 87-meter rotor wind turbines 40 miles west of Amarillo in June 2013. The company's renewable services unit will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight and 24/7 remote monitoring from its operations control center.
EDF notes the project is one of the first to feed into the new Competitive Renewable Energy Zones transmission infrastructure that enables access to the renewable resources of West Texas and the Texas Panhandle and delivery of the wind energy resource to the high electricity demand areas in the state.
The company also announced the close of structured equity financing from GE Energy Financial Services and MUFG Union Bank NA. Although financial details were not disclosed, the COD milestone signifies that UBS International Infrastructure Fund now has a 50% equity stake in the project.