Scandia Wind Southwest has leases with 354 landowners in Parmer County in the Texas panhandle, where the joint venture plans to build the 3GW Mariah Project.
The group has also signed up 179 landowners in the panhandle’s Dalham and Sherman counties, where plans call for another 2GW.
Scandia envisages adding another 5GW in the future.
The consortium comprises Norwegian developer Havgul, Danish developer Alpha Wind Energy, and Premium Wind Coalition of Bovina.
Scandia has put up a $1 million letter of credit to help enable the construction of transmission lines in the region.
Lines planned under the state’s Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (Crez) program promise about 5GW of new capacity 3GW in the Panhandle A zone where the Parmer County project is located.
The Premium Wind Coalition’s Jim Swafford said the company aims to build out 200MW in Parmer County to coincide with the Crez construction in 2013, and follow this with 500MW every 18 months until 3GW is reached in 2022.