Duke Energy Renewables has announced plans to establish a 200MW wind project at Mesteño in Starr County, Texas. Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate the Mesteño project, its fourth wind generation facility in Starr County.
The company will also enter into a hedge agreement that will cover most of the expected production. The Mesteño facility will produce enough electricity to power 60,000 homes.
Supporters of the project include the Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School district, Starr County Hospital and South Texas College.
Vestas supplied 56 3.6MW turbines for the project. At 590.5ft, the turbines will be among the tallest in the US and harness stronger winds and increase wind energy production.
Duke Energy has appointed Wanzek Construction as the contractor for the project, with Amshore US Wind also providing development support.
Construction on the project has already begun and will be completed by the end of 2019.
Duke Energy Renewables president Rob Caldwell said: “We’re excited to continue to invest to build and expand renewable energy resources in Texas. This project will deliver clean energy for the state and significant economic benefits to the area.”
The Mesteño project is expected to create 200 jobs during the peak of construction as well as $16m in tax revenue over the first 10 years of operation.
Vestas president of sales and service division in the US and Canada Chris Brown said: “We’re pleased to expand our tall tower technology and V136-3.6 MW platform.
“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 Mesteño project increases Duke Energy Renewables wind capacity in the US to over 2,500MW.