RWE Renewables’ El Algodon Alto, a 200-megawatt (MW) onshore wind farm located in San Patricio County, Texas, is in operation. The project, located in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) south market, is powered by 91 Vestas turbines and will generate enough electricity to power more than 60,000 homes. In total, the project spent more than $11.1 million locally during the construction period.
With the addition of El Algodon Alto, RWE will have delivered a total installed generation capacity of more than 3,700 MW of wind power online in the state of Texas, including more than 1,700 MW on the Texas coast.
“We are pleased that another of our projects is up and running. With El Algodon Alto, we continue our commitment to clean energy sources in Texas. At the same time, we are creating new jobs on site during the operating phase – during the construction phase we employed an additional 200 to 300 people. The USA is one of our strategic core markets, and the commissioning of further projects underlines our ambitions in the field of renewable energies,” said Silvia Ortín, CEO Onshore Wind & Solar PV Americas, RWE Renewables.
The U.S. accounts for more than one-third of the RWE Group’s renewables capacity playing a key role in RWE’s strategy to grow its renewables business and become carbon neutral by 2040. RWE develops, builds, owns and operates some of the highest performing wind, solar and energy storage projects in the U.S., having installed more than 5,000 MW (4,288 MW pro-rata) of generation capacity to date.
RWE’s very experienced U.S. team is driving the expansion plans in onshore wind, solar PV and storage, and offshore wind to contribute to RWE’s ambitious goal of 50 GW net installed capacity in 2030.
Just a few months ago, the company, together with its joint venture partner National Grid Ventures, secured area OCS-A 0539 in the New York Bight offshore lease auction in the U.S. with a potential to host 3 GW of capacity, enough to power 1.1 million U.S. homes. In addition, RWE has entered into a joint venture, New England Aqua Ventus, focused on floating offshore wind in the state of Maine.
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