Iberdrola Renewables has officially embarked on the 202MW Baffin wind farm development in Kenedy County, Texas, with the start of road construction activities in November 2013.
As part of the construction work, the company has mobilised the construction trailers and equipment, ordered foundation steel and road materials, and initiated grading.
The company will continue with road and foundation construction on-site and equipment manufacturing and electrical engineering off-site through December 2013.
The company has started construction following Kenedy County Commissioners' decision to approve a tax abatement agreement for the project, which includes a fixed annual payment to the county over the ten-year term of the abatement.
To be operational by the end of 2014, the $300m project will feature 101 Gamesa G97-2.0 MW turbines, which feature low power density and significantly cut the cost of energy.
Iberdrola Renewables vice-president of business development Rany Raviv said the start of successful development and construction in Kenedy County is a testament to the partnership the company has built with the community.
"We look forward to starting a few more projects this year that will bring substantial local investment, jobs and clean energy into additional communities for decades to come," said Raviv.
The project, which is expected to create around 240 construction jobs and eight permanent jobs, is the final phase of the company's 606MW Penascal complex, south of Baffin Bay, following the Penascal I and Penascal II projects.
The existing two phases of the Penascal complex feature a total of 168 turbines totalling 403.2MW, which is enough to power 140,000 typical homes annually.
Once commissioned, the entire complex will generate enough electricity to power 210,000 households and curb greenhouse gas emissions of 850,000t annually.