Southern Power Acquires Cactus Flats Wind Facility

The 148-megawatt wind project will consist of 43 Vestas wind turbines and is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2018.

Wind Project, Southern Co.Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of its fifth Texas wind project: the 148-megawatt Cactus Flats Wind Facility in Concho County, Texas, from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. The most recent addition raises Southern Power’s wind producing capacity to more than 1,500 megawatts of wholesale energy.

Technical specifications

The Concho County project consists of 43 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas. Each turbine is mounted on top of a 285-foot-tall tower and has a 413-foot, three-blade rotor connected to a generator. Upon completion, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018, Vestas will maintain and operate the facility in partnership with Southern Power. The project’s developer, RES, will also provide the balance of plant construction at the facility. When operational, the full capacity of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the wind farm will be sold under two separate power purchase agreements with General Mills and General Motors. Both companies will have the option to keep or sell the RECs.

Southern Power’s wind facilities are part of the company’s 3,400-megawatt renewable fleet, which consists of 37 solar, nine wind and biomass facilities. Overall since 2012, the Southern Co. has added or announced more than 6,500 megawatts of renewable generation.

“With the energy landscape constantly changing, we remain focused on strategic opportunities that support our business objectives,” Southern Power President & CEO Buzz Miller, said in prepared remarks. “The Cactus Flats Wind Facility is an important addition to our growing renewable portfolio and will provide value to our customers through clean, safe, reliable and affordable wholesale energy.”

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