GE Wind Energy is to supply the first 25 1.5-MW wind turbines for ‘Phase I’ of the proposed 400-MW Sweetwater Wind Project which, when completed, will be among the world’s largest wind developments.
Currently being developed by DKR Development (DKR) of Houston, TX, the project is also being supported by Babcock and Brown of San Francisco, CA, through the supply of equity funding, financial advisory services and development support.
Sited approximately 15 miles south of Sweetwater in Nolan County, TX, ‘Sweetwater 1’ is expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to supply the annual electricity needs of more than 11,000 average Texas households.
The power generated by the project will be purchased by TXU Energy and transported from the wind turbines to its customers via an underground collection system.
The Sweetwater Project itself is being constructed in response to a state government-enacted Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) which calls for 2,000 MW of new renewable energy by year 2009. Through the Texas RPS, more than 1,000 MW of new wind power, an investment of more than $1 billion, have been installed throughout the state.
Construction efforts for Sweetwater 1 will begin this summer, with completion expected in December 2003.