EDF Renewable Energy celebrates the completion of the Spinning Spur Wind Project today with a dedication ceremony, and the launch of Spinning Spur II with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Spinning Spur projects, located in Oldham County, Texas, are each 161 megawatts (MW) and together will generate clean electricity sufficient to supply approximately 100,000 average Texas homes.
Spinning Spur, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, began delivering carbon-free electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a 15-year power purchase agreement in December 2012.
Spinning Spur II is slated to start construction in June 2013 and will utilize 87 General Electric (GE) wind turbines with a rated capacity of 1.85 MW each. The project will be one of the first projects to take advantage of the new CREZ (Competitive Renewable Energy Zones) transmission line connecting the wind generating capacity of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state. The electricity generated will be sold under a 10-year energy purchase agreement.
Congressman Mac Thornberry commented,