The project can generate up to 150 megawatts (MW) of power, which is enough to meet the needs of about 40,000 homes. All of the electricity produced by the project is being provided to CPS Energy of San Antonio, the nation’s largest municipally-owned natural gas and electric utility, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
"We are pleased to officially dedicate the first wind energy project located in south Texas,” said Pedro Pizarro, president of EMG. “Texas is an important state in the development of our renewable energy portfolio, and we look forward to generating clean, environmentally friendly power for the customers of CPS Energy.”
“Cedro Hill is a valuable addition to CPS Energy’s renewable energy portfolio, providing 150 megawatts of green energy to the residents of San Antonio and the surrounding area,” said Richard Peña, CPS Energy senior vice president of Energy Development.
Cedro Hill is EMG’s third wind energy project in Texas, joining the 161-MW Wildorado Wind Ranch near Amarillo and the 149-MW Goat Wind project near San Angelo. EMG is one of the largest developers, owners and operators of wind energy in the country with 29 projects in 10 states with a total generating capacity of more than 1,800 MW.
Cedro Hill is powered by 100 GE turbines with a generating capacity of 1.5 MW each. The project site spans approximately 20,000 acres. It interconnects to the electric grid at the La Quinta switching station and connects to CPS Energy through the 138-Kilvolt Lobo-Falfurrias transmission line.
Cedro Hill represents a total investment of $300 million in Webb County. It is supporting the local economy with more than $100 million in property taxes and payments to local landowners over the next 20 years, and an annual contribution of $250,000 to the Webb County Consolidated Independent School District for 10 years beginning in 2013.
Based in Irvine, Calif., Edison Mission Group (EMG) is a subsidiary of Edison International. Through its operating company, Edison Mission Energy, EMG manages the competitive power generation business of Edison International, an electric power generator and distributor, and an investor in infrastructure and renewable energy projects.