Major Wind Power Project to Be Built in West Texas

Project will consist of 214 wind turbines and have a capacity of 278.2 megawatts, sufficient to supply power to around 139,100 Texas homes.

Published: 05-Apr-2001

AUSTIN, Texas, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Renewable Energy Systems (USA), Inc. ("RES") and Cielo Wind Power, LLC, today announced the conclusion of a deal to construct the world's second largest wind power facility on King Mountain in West Texas. The project will consist of 214 wind turbines and have a capacity of 278.2 megawatts, sufficient to supply power to around 139,100 Texas homes. It will save, over its 20 year life, the emission of nearly 20 million tons of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

The wind ranch will be located on a windswept plateau near McCamey amongst the oil fields of West Texas. The 214 wind turbines will be supplied by Bonus A/S of Denmark and will each produce 1.3 megawatts of power. Electricity generated by the new facility will be sold to Reliant Energy of Houston, under a 15-year contract for 198.9MW of the capacity, to Austin Energy, under a 10-year contract for 76.7 MW of capacity and to Texas-New Mexico Power for the remaining 2.6 MW. It will be owned and operated by leading U.S. energy company FPL Energy, LLC, the independent power production subsidiary of FPL Group Inc. Construction will begin immediately and the wind ranch will be fully operational before the end of 2001.

RES is the U.S. subsidiary of international wind energy company Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. This will be the fifth project to be built by RES in the U.S. to date, and the third developed with Cielo. Both parties initiated the 160MW Woodward Mountain wind ranch in West Texas in 2000. RES also constructed the Cameron Ridge and Pacific Crest wind farms in Tehachapi, California in 1999, which have a total capacity of over 100MW. This new project is the largest built by RES.

Dr. Ian Mays, President of RES, commented:

"This is an exciting development for us -- the largest undertaken by RES and the biggest in Texas. It confirms our position as one of the leading wind developers in the US and demonstrates the increasing success of Renewable Energy Systems in the international wind energy market."

Cielo Wind Power has developed many projects, including a 107-turbine operation near McCamey, previously Texas' largest wind farm. Construction is underway on two major projects, a 242-turbine/160-megawatt wind ranch in Pecos County and this 214-turbine/279-megawatt wind ranch in Upton County.

"We are pleased to be a part of the team, along with Renewable Energy Systems. Wind power is a cost-effective and environmentally sound way to generate power," said Walter Hornaday, president of Cielo Wind Power, LLC. "We are committed to working with the landowners and ranchers who own the property to ensure they can continue their ranching operations while also significantly contributing to the development of renewable energy in the area."

Contact: Brian Evans, Vice President - 512-708-1538

SOURCE Cielo Wind Power, LLC

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