Wind energy in Texas, Acciona wind farm with Nordex wind turbines.
has put into service the Palmas Altas Wind Farm, its second one installed in
Texas and its ninth in the US, with a total investment of some USD200 million
(around EUR180 million at current exchange rate). The wind farm features 46
Nordex technology wind turbines totaling 145 MW capacity.
Located in Cameron County, near the San Roman wind farm that ACCIONA started up in December 2016, the new facility will produce around 524 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean energy per year, equivalent to the consumption of 43,000 U.S. households. It will offset the emission of 503,000 metric tons of CO2 – the equivalent of taking more 100,000 cars and trucks off the road. The Palmas Altas project employed approximately 170 people at the peak of construction. Now that is completed, a 10-person operations team will staff the wind farm over its 25-year lifespan. The wind turbines installed in Palmas Altas are Nordex’s AW125/3150 model with a rotor diameter of 125 meters, mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower (hub height). The energy produced by the wind farm will be sold in the ERCOT-South Texas wholesale market.
Currently, ACCIONA has 1,047 MW of wind power capacity in the USA and Canada. The power installed in USA -866 MW- are distributed in six Estates – Oklahoma (329 MW), Texas (328 MW), the Dakotas (190 MW), Illinois (101 MW) and Iowa (6 MW). In Nevada, the Company also owns a CSP installation (64 MW). Also in photovoltaics ACCIONA recently acquired from Tenaska a portfolio of photovoltaic projects in seven states across the country with approximately 3,000 megawatts (MW) of rated power in utility-scale photovoltaic plants and 1.000 MW of battery storage.
The company plans to put eight of these projects into service by end-2023, rising its capacity in around 1,500 MWp (some 1,200 rated megawatts).
ACCIONA is a global operator in renewable energies with 30 years’ experience in the sector and over 10,071 MW under its ownership, distributed over 16 countries on the five continents. It has 224 wind farms, 76 hydro plants, 6 large photovoltaic plants, 3 biomass plants and one Concentrated Solar Power plant. The company markets energy to large clients.