Texas has long been known as the land where everything is big. The state is big, the oil reserve’s where big, the cars and the hats still are big. Now as the world moves from fossil fuels and Texas starts to see the end for its oil industry, we are starting to see something else becoming big and that is wind energy. Wind farms are springing up all over the state with some of the tallest turbine towers in the world.
These projects not only provide clean energy without emissions but also construction jobs and long term operations jobs. Here is the latest news about just such a Texas wind farm.
E.ON and GE Energy Financial Services today celebrated the opening of the Grandview Wind Farm (Grandview) in the Texas Panhandle, 30 miles east of Amarillo. E.ON and GE Energy Financial Services (GE) jointly own Grandview through a 50/50 investment partnership.
North American chairman Patrick Woodson had this to say:
The community has been wonderful and more than patient in developing this project. Grandview was one of the first projects that helped pave the way for the development of the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) and was more than a decade in the making. The area boasts some of the best winds in the world and will now be one of the landmark projects anywhere. These types of super-windy sites are the ideal developers have been seeking and the outstanding nature of the winds here will test our technology and operating approaches.
“Like so many other projects this is creating jobs here at home, providing new development to the local community and helping to provide stable electricity pricing for the people of Texas,” Woodson added.
Building Grandview created 300 temporary and 13 permanent jobs; more than $4 million of local spending on labor, subcontractors, infrastructure and materials; and 40 miles of roads upgrades, with $40 million in projected additional tax revenues generated during the life of the project.
Since 2004, GE Energy Financial Services has committed to invest more than $9 billion in over 14-gigawatts of wind power projects worldwide. It plans to continue to invest approximately $1 billion annually in renewable energy globally.
With representatives from E.ON, GE Energy Financial Services, local and national elected officials in attendance, Woodson and Nason presented the City of Groom Ambulance Service a check for $100,000, to be used toward the purchase of a new ambulance.
“GE has been a tremendous partner in this effort. We share a common dedication to be good corporate citizens of the communities we also call home, said Woodson.
We know this new ambulance will play a vital role in the health and safety of Groom and the surrounding rural Texas community.
Grandview began commercial operation last December. The wind farm has 118 GE 1.79 megawatt turbines that can create 211.2 MW, enough electricity to power approximately 64,000 homes. Since 2005, EC&RNA has developed 2.7GW of wind projects in the United States.