As the final turbines of the 735 MW Horse Hollow project were primed for connection to the Texas grid late last month, FPL Energy laid claim to the title of world's largest wind farm. The project, covering 47,000 acres in Taylor and Nolan counties, includes 291 GE 1.5 MW turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3 MW machines. Horse Hollow construction came in three part, a 213 MW phase completed in late 2005, a 223.5 phase finished in this year's second quarter and the final 299 MW phase wrapped up late last month. "I'm not sure we knew it was going to be exactly 735 MW when we started the project," says FPL's Steve Stengel. Stengel says there is not a typical 20-year buyer for the output. "But we have a number of creditworthy parties who have signed on to purchase the power," he says. There were no grid problems with connecting the large volume of capacity. "This particular facility was sited in an area where we knew there was adequate transmission," says Stengel. Horse Hollow brings FPL's total Texas operations to about 1600 MW. FPL has spent upwards of a billion dollars on wind development in the state, according to Stengel. "Texas is very much a pro-business state," he says. "It's a place where we like doing business and we want to do more." FPL, based in Florida, is by far the nation's leading wind developer and operates 47 US projects with a capacity of more than 4000 MW.
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