Logan’s 200MW Gap Wind power plant goes operational in Texas, US

28 September 2015 (Last Updated September 28th, 2015 18:30)

US-based Pattern Energy has made Logan's 200MW Gap Wind facility operational in Comanche County, Texas.

US-based Pattern Energy has made Logan’s 200MW Gap Wind facility operational in Comanche County, Texas.

Developed in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) north zone, the onshore power project is equipped with 87 Siemens-manufactured 2.3MW wind turbines.

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said: "Logan’s Gap Wind is our fourth operational wind power facility in Texas and we are now serving three different regions throughout the state."

The wind power plant had been acquired by the firm from Pattern Energy Group last December for $113m.

"Around 58% of the generated power will be alotted to US retail giant Walmart under a ten-year power purchase agreement."

It is entitled to 164MW of power output from the facility, while the remaining portion will be allotted to four institutional tax equity investors.

Around 58% of the generated power will be alotted to US retail giant Walmart under a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Walmart energy vice-president Mark Vanderhelm said: "Walmart has a goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy, and sourcing from wind energy projects, like the Logan’s Gap Wind Facility, is a core component in the mix.

"The energy we’ll procure from this facility represents nearly one-fifth of the US portion of our goal to source seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy by 2020. That’s a significant leap forward on our renewable energy journey."

While 25% of the remaining power from the facility will be sold at ERCOT spot market prices, around 17% will be purchased by a A-/Baa2-rated financial institution under a 13-year fixed price agreement.

The renewable power plant will be connected to the Dallas-Fort Worth area via Oncor’s 138KV ComancheZephyr line, and has a capacity to power 50,000 homes in Texas a year.