Shell WindEnergy has added another wind project to its portfolio with the purchase of Cannon Power Corporation's 61.5 MW Whitewater Hill project in California's San Gorgonio Pass. The giant worldwide oil developer announced one year ago that it planned to become a major player in the US wind sector and has since expanded its US wind capacity to 230 MW. It bought its first US wind farm in May 2001, the completed 50 MW Rock River I project in Wyoming, from Seawest Windpower (Windpower Monthly, June 2001). Since then it has bought Cielo Wind Power's 80 MW White Deer project in Texas, a completed project using Mitsubishi 1 MW turbines, and in May Cannon Power's 41 MW Cabazon Pass project in California. The Cabazon project, using Vestas 660 kW turbines and the Whitewater wind farm, using GE Wind Energy 1.5 MW machines, were both completed last month. Shell says it has an additional 3000 MW of wind projects on the drawing board.
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