Renewables, Wind

ENGIE announces beginning of work at fifth Texas wind farm

Jumbo Hill is rolling.

ENGIE North America Inc. announced that construction has started on the 160-MW wind farm project in Andrews County, Texas. It is ENGIE’s fifth wind project to begin work in the past 12 months.

“The construction of the Jumbo Hill project will take ENGIE North America’s renewable generation built or under construction to more than 1.5 GW of capacity,” said Emily Cohen, Vice President of Commercial Strategy within ENGIE North America’s wind development team. “It is a strong project in a unique location in West Texas, and we expect it to complement and help grow the evolving industries in the region.”

Jumbo Hill will provide energy to a corporate customer under a virtual power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will also generate renewable energy credits for the customer.

The wind farm construction should be completed and online by the spring of 2020. Jumbo Hill’s project cost is estimated at more than $150 million.

The 57 towers will support GE Renewable Energy turbines, each with 127-meter rotors and a capacity of more than 2 MW. Wanzek Construction is handling the bulk of construction.

French-based ENGIE has operations in more than 70 countries employing 160,000 people, including 1,100 researchers in 12 R&D centers.