Civil works start next month for the 34 MW Big Springs wind farm in Texas. The first group of Vestas turbines will be operational in late November and the rest of the plant in late February, says developer York Research, a publicly traded energy company based in New York. The project will provide electricity for utility TU Electric of Dallas and is one of two major wind plants to be installed over the next year in the state (Windpower Monthly, March 1998). The other, a 75 MW wind farm being developed by US energy company FPL Energy Inc and constructed by Foras Energy Inc, will be located near McCamey and also use Vestas turbines. At Big Springs, four of Vestas' new 1.65 MW turbine are to be included in the wind plant. "This can be called a breakthrough on the American market as it is the first project with megawatt wind turbines in the USA," says Vestas' Johannes Poulsen. The remaining 42 turbines will have a rated capacity of 660 kW.
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