Renewables, Wind

Duke Energy building 200-MW wind farm in Texas

Duke Energy’s renewables unit will build, own and operate a 200-MW wind farm in Starr County, Texas.

Output from the Mesteño project would be sold into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market. Mesteño will be Duke Energy Renewables’ fourth wind generation facility in Starr County.

Construction has begun and will be completed by the end of 2019. Once completed, Mesteño will contain turbines 590.5 feet tall – some of the tallest wind turbines in the United States.

The tall tower turbines will harness stronger winds and increase wind energy production. This project increases Duke Energy Renewables’ U.S. wind capacity to more than 2,500 MW.

“We’re excited to continue to invest to build and expand renewable energy resources in Texas,” said Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables, in a statement. “This project will deliver clean energy for the state and significant economic benefits to the area.”

During peak construction, the wind project will create approximately 200 jobs. It will also deliver more than $16 million in tax revenue over the first 10 years of its operation.

Vestas supplied 56 3.6-MW tall tower turbines for the site.

“We’re pleased to expand our tall tower technology and V136-3.6 MW platform,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “The combination of taller towers and V136-3.6 MW technology is perfectly designed to extract the abundant resource at the site, and deliver low-cost, reliable energy to the community and customer.”

The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will produce enough energy to power about 60,000 average homes.