New Projects, Renewables, Wind

Southern Power Purchases Fifth Texas Wind Project

By Editors of Power Engineering

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has acquired its fifth Texas wind project – the 148-MW Cactus Flats Wind Facility in Concho County.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas, the previous owner of the site, will complete construction by the third quarter of 2018. Vestas, which will provide 43 wind turbines, will jointly maintain and operate the facility with Southern Power.

“With the energy landscape constantly changing, we remain focused on strategic opportunities that support our business objectives,” said Southern Power President and CEO Buzz Miller. “The Cactus Flats Wind Facility is an important addition to our growing renewable portfolio and will provide value to our customers through clean, safe, reliable and affordable wholesale energy.”

Cactus Flats has long-term power purchase agreements with General Mills and General Motors.

The purchase gives Southern Power nine wind facilities capable of producing more than 1,500 MW. All told, the company’s 3,400 MW renewable fleet consists of 37 solar, wind and biomass facilities from California to Maine.