New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Wind power industry adds 485 MW in first quarter

With 26 percent growth from the first quarter in 2013, the wind energy industry has installed 485-MW of wind power capacity during the same time this year. After a year with just 1,124-MW installed in 2013, 7,589-MW of wind power capacity is now under construction, according to a report from SNL Energy.

Additional capacity not included in that value likely met the 5 percent project cost safe harbor in order to qualify for the production tax credit before its expiration at the end of 2013.

Of the 485-MW of wind power capacity that came online in the first quarter of 2014, the largest unit was the 138-MW Alta Wind X WT AW10 in Kern County, Calif.

Alta Wind X is one of 12 wind farms in the larger Alta Wind Energy Center. Of those farms, 11 are now operating with a combined capacity of 1,548-MW; the 12th, the 180-MW Alta Wind XIII, is in early development and is slated to come online in January 2019. Southern California Edison has a power purchase agreement with Alta Wind XIII for 20 years.

The second-largest wind unit that came online in the first quarter was the 94-MW Orangeville Wind Farm WT 1 in Wyoming County, New York and is owned by Invenergy LLC unit Invenergy Wind LLC.

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