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Texas whopper on target

Developers at King Mountain, the biggest wind site in Texas, are on a schedule to complete the 278 MW project by year end. The first two 1.3 MW Bonus turbines were shipped from Denmark May 21 and since then local company Cielo Wind Power and British Renewable Energy Systems have been receiving 15 turbines and rotors every two weeks at the port of Houston. From there, they are trucked eight hours to King Mountain, 70 miles south of Odessa.

Cielo, which started in 1991 as a provider of small wind generators to farmers and ranchers, is relatively new to the wind power industry, but is already making its mark. It is the top wind developer in Texas having built a 75 MW, 107-turbine wind farm near McCamey as well as building King Mountain and a 160 MW wind ranch in Pecos County.

Three utilities will buy the output from King Mountain's 214 turbines. Reliant Energy of Houston will buy power from 198.9 MW of the capacity under a 15 year contract, Austin Energy will take power from 76.7 MW of the project's capacity under a ten year contract and Texas-New Mexico Power will take power from the remaining 2.6 MW.

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