ACCIONA Energy, a global operator of renewable energy projects, inaugurated the 93-megawatt (MW) San Roman Wind Farm. San Roman will produce enough energy to power more than 30,000 homes in Southeast Texas. Located near Brownsville and equipped with 31 AW125/3000 turbines, San Roman is ACCIONA’s eighth wind farm in the U.S. and brings the company’s total U.S. wind capacity to 721 MW.
“We are proud to welcome ACCIONA and the San Roman Wind Farm to Cameron County,” said Secretary Pablos. “As one of Texas’ top foreign direct investors, Spain is a close friend, ally, and trade partner, and we are honored to join them in celebrating the inauguration of this important renewable energy project, which will help power economic development in the border region and beyond. The success of the Rio Grande Valley is crucial to the success of the Texas economy, and I am confident that ACCIONA’s commitment to the local community will further strengthen the infrastructure of the region to support even more investment and job growth.”
The San Roman Wind Farm is expected to generate $30 million in tax revenue for local school districts and other public services and approximately $25 million in lease payments to local landowners over its operating life.
“Today, renewable energy is the lowest-cost option for generating electricity. With a strong electric market and a great business climate, Texas has attracted wind energy development and guaranteed an affordable source of power for its growing economy,” said Chairman Entrecanales. “Texas is one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world, and we are particularly proud to be a part of this wind energy success story.”
As part of ACCIONA’s commitment to supporting the local community, the company established a scholarship program with local school districts that will provide merit-based scholarships to two deserving students each year for the full life of the project. Chairman Entrecanales and Secretary Pablos awarded the first of those scholarships to Maria Garcia and Hannah Pinkerton, graduating seniors from the Los Fresnos and Port Isabel school districts, respectively. ACCIONA provides similar scholarship programs at all its U.S. windfarms.
Construction of the San Roman wind farm was completed in 11 months and generated more than 100,000 hours of work for local contractors.
ACCIONA currently owns 721 MW of operating wind power capacity in the U.S., bringing its total North American renewable energy capacity to more than 1,500 MW. Along with the San Roman Wind Farm, ACCIONA’s U.S.-based portfolio includes three wind farms in Oklahoma (329 MW), one in North and South Dakota (180 MW), one in Illinois (100.5 MW) and two in North Dakota (12 MW) and Iowa (6MW). ACCIONA also operates a 64 MW concentrating solar power plant in Nevada.
ACCIONA has also started construction on a new 168 MW wind farm and will install a 339 MW solar plant in Mexico, both expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
ACCIONA has committed to invest around $2.5 billion by 2020 to build new renewable energy installations worldwide, increasing the company’s capacity by approximately 1,900 MW.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.