Spanish energy firm Iberdrola has begun installation of turbines at the 202MW Baffin wind farm in the state of Texas, US.
The $400m wind farm will feature with 101 Gamesa G97 wind turbines with a unit capacity of 2MW each, while grid connection is expected to be completed by the end of the last quarter.
The Baffin project is the third plant in the 606MW Peñascal wind complex, which is claimed to be Iberdrola’s largest global renewables facility, once it starts operations.
The other two plants in the complex, Peñascal 1 and Peñascal 2, have capacities of 202MW each and were commissioned in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Located in Kenedy county, in south-east Texas, and at a strategic point between the Mexican border and the city of Corpus Christi, the Peñascal complex has been contributing to local economic development and job creation for the last six years.
Upon commissioning of Baffin, Peñascal is expected to supply clean energy to around 210,000 US households while avoiding the emission of around 850,000t of CO2 per year.
Iberdrola operates clean energy facilities in 19 US states and the company’s total wind power capacity in the country amounts to 5,443MW.
Due to considerable capacity, the Peñascal wind complex would also have long-term environmental benefits.
The company’s total wind power capacity will increase to 5,645MW once Baffin is connected to the grid.
The Baffin Wind Farm is expected to create up to 240 jobs during construction and eight permanent jobs upon completion of the expansion.
Image: The Peñascal wind farm complex in Texas. Photo: © 2014 Iberdrola, SA.