New Generation Power Texas (NGP Texas) has started construction on the first phase of the 400MW Texas wind farm, located just north-west of Dallas, in Haskell County, the US.
Spanning across 22,000 acres of land, the approximately $700m project is being built in two phases with construction set for completion by the end of 2015.
The Texas wind project will create many jobs and involve numerous contractor parties during its construction, operation and maintenance, and generate around 1,866 million MWh of energy annually.
Rosendin Electric will be responsible for the prime engineering, procurement and construction, while AUI Contractors will serve as civil and foundation sub-contractor for the project.
The project has qualified for the production tax credits (PTC), which expired at the end of 2013, as the developer has completed pre-construction development, early investments, environmental considerations, permitting, an interconnection agreement, excavated WTG foundations and mud mat placements.
The newly formed subsidiary of NGP had begun work on 11 December 2013, enabling the project to qualify for the federal renewable energy PTCs.
Prior to that, three met towers have shown a 50.5% capacity factor for the project, following collection of wind data for several years.
NGP Texas executive vice-president Ania Kuna said the cornerstone of its strategy was partnering with the ideal members to bring an exclusive group of talent, project expertise, and industry knowledge to showpiece this 400MW wind farm.
"This reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision and have common goals. The ground-breaking marks a very significant milestone exemplifying the dedication of our team," Kuna said.
Rosendin Electric vice-president Mike Turner said, "The NGP Texas Wind Project has offered Rosendin Electric a unique opportunity to work, in unison, with New Generation Power Texas to develop a superior team of qualified engineers, contractors and equipment/ material vendors that will insure the safe, quality driven, on-time and cost efficient completion of this project."
Image: Official ground breaking on 400MW Texas Wind Farm. Photo: courtesy of Rosendin Electric.