Pattern Energy Group announced it has dedicated new 200 megawatt (MW) Logan’s Gap Wind facility in Comanche County, Texas. Now operating at full capacity, Logan’s Gap Wind will create enough clean energy to power 50,000 homes in Texas each year, the company said.
Located in ERCOT’s North Zone, the Logan’s Gap Wind facility connects to Oncor’s 138kV Comanche?Zephyr line, which crosses the facility site and supplies power to the Dallas?Fort Worth area.
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, added that construction spending injected more than $5 million into the local economy and going forward our Community Benefits Program will support local organizations, including the Comanche Youth Council.
The facility will now harness the wind of Comanche County to produce clean energy for Walmart, which has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement to acquire 58 percent of the expected output from the facility.
Seventeen percent of the expected output will be sold under a 13-year fixed price agreement with a A-/Baa2-rated financial institution. The remaining 25 percent of expected output will be sold at ERCOT spot market prices.
Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart, said, “The energy we’ll procure from this facility represents nearly one-fifth of the U.S. portion of our goal to source seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy by 2020. That’s a significant leap forward on our renewable energy journey.”
Logan’s Gap Wind utilizes 87 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with a total capacity of 200 MW.
As part of its commitment to the communities where it operates, Pattern Energy created the Logan’s Gap Wind Community Benefits Program to support causes within the greater Comanche County community.
Over the next five years, Logan’s Gap Wind will contribute $100,000 to the Logan’s Gap Wind Community Benefits Program, which will support four local organizations that provides critical service to the community of Comanche County: The Comanche County Agency on Aging, The Salvation Army Food Assistance Program, The Park Enhancement Group of Comanche and The Comanche Youth Council.
In addition to this, construction of the wind power facility created hundreds of jobs. An average of 250 workers were on site during construction with up to 550 workers on site during peak activity. There are 12 full-time permanent workers to operate and maintain the facility.