EDF RE commissions 250MW Roosevelt wind plant in US

5 January 2016 (Last Updated January 5th, 2016 18:30)

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), subsidiary of French power developer EDF Energies Nouvelles, has turned 250MW Roosevelt wind project operational in New Mexico, US.

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), subsidiary of French power developer EDF Energies Nouvelles, has turned the 250MW Roosevelt wind project operational in New Mexico, US.

Developed within Roosevelt county, the project has been equipped with 125 of Vestas’ 2MW wind turbines.

Power output from the onshore wind farm will be supplied to Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS), a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Roosevelt is the first power plant for EDF RE in New Mexico, it said.

"Power generated at the wind farm … has the capacity to meet the energy requirements of nearly 55,000 households."

The project was commissioned in the middle of the previous month and has the capacity to meet the energy requirements of around 138,000 average homes in the US state.

The clean energy project has the capacity to bring down nearly 725,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions annually.

In June, the firm had commissioned another 200MW wind project in Texas.

The Longhorn wind power plant features 100 wind turbines, which have also been manufactured by Danish giant Vestas.

Power generated at the wind farm is sold to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) local power market and has the capacity to meet the energy requirements of nearly 55,000 households.

EDF RE has also acquired American power developer OwnEnergy in August 2015, which entitles it to own nearly 2GW of renewable energy.

The firm is presently one of the largest renewable energy companies in North America, with an existing capacity of 7.6GW of wind, solar, biomass, biogas, and storage projects.