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EDF buys 194MW Texas Spinning Spur 3 project

UNITED STATES: EDF Renewable Energy has bought the 194MW Spinning Spur 3 wind project in Texas from developer Cielo Wind Power.

A number of projects are clustered in the Texas Panhandle
A number of projects are clustered in the Texas Panhandle

The wind farm, which is 50 miles (80 kilometres) east of Amarillo, is expected to be in operation by the end of 2015.

In 2012, EDF bought Spinning Spur 1 and 2 from Cielo, which developed all of the projects. However, Tech giant Google paid $200 million to buy an undisclosed share of Spinning Spur 1 last year.

While both of the previous 161MW projects feature 2.3MW Siemens turbines, a supplier has not yet been named for the latest development.

EDF said that it is looking to further expand its Texas portfolio and expects to exceed 1GW of installed capacity in the state by the end of 2015.

Making use of the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas’ recent grid innovations, all of the Spinning Spur projects will be hooked up to the competitive renewable energy zone’s new transmission lines.

This is one of the largest-ever programmes of its kind, with the 345kV lines able to deliver about 18GW of wind energy from five zones in the state.

The electricity generated from Spinning Spur 3 will be sold to Georgetown Utility Systems and Garland Power and Light under long-term power purchase agreements.

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