Spain’s ACCIONA Energy will build its second wind farm in Texas —the company’s ninth in the U.S. An investment of around $200 million (over €160 million), Palmas Altas will have a capacity of 144.9 MW and be equipped with 46 Nordex wind turbines.
San Roman was the first ACCIONA Wind Farm in Texas. (ACCIONA)
Located in Cameron County, near ACCIONA’s San Roman wind farm, the new facility is expected to produce around 524 GWh of energy per year. Grid connection is planned for November 2019.
“We are proud to undertake a new wind power project that consolidates the reactivation of our investment activity in the United States and confirms our commitment to grow in a controlled and profitable manner in a market that continues to offer very interesting opportunities for the renewables sector,” said Rafael Esteban, CEO of ACCIONA Energy USA Global LLC.
The Palmas Altas project will employ approximately 170 people at the peak of construction and will be staffed by a 10-person operations team. Over its 25-year lifespan, Palmas Altas is expected to generate $40 million in local tax revenue, as well as more than $44 million in lease payments to local landowners.
The wind turbines to be installed in Palmas Altas will be Nordex’s AW125/3150 model with a rotor diameter of 125 meters, mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower (hub height).
The energy produced by the wind farm will be sold in the ERCOT-South Texas wholesale market.