Shell WindEnergy breaks wind record

Shell WindEnergy has announced that it is to build a 160 megawatt wind farm at a site in Texas, marking the company’s biggest wind energy project to date.

Shell WindEnergy will build its largest wind farm to date at a site 90 miles Southeast of Lubbock, Texas, in Scurry and Borden counties. The 160 megawatt project, to be constructed in a 50-50 joint venture with Padoma Wind Power, is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The Brazos wind farm will consist of 160 Mitsubishi MWT 1000-A wind turbines, some of which will stand 226 feet tall and weigh more than 370,000 pounds (170 tons). The total output from the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power approximately 30,000 homes.

The wind farm is being developed by Cielo Wind Power and Orion Energy. TXU Energy has agreed to purchase electricity generated by the wind farm and has entered into a retail electricity arrangement with Green Mountain Energy Company. Shell WindEnergy will be the operator.

Shell WindEnergy currently owns four wind parks in the United States; Rock River I in Wyoming (50 megawatts), White Deer (80 megawatts) in Texas, and Cabazon (41 megawatts) and Whitewater Hill (61 megawatts) in California.