Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) has announced commercial operation of the 110 MW Keechi Wind project in Jack County, Texas.
The project, owned by Enbridge, connects to Brazos Electric’s Joplin substation via a 12-mile generation tie line.
Construction of the project, which includes 55 Vestas V100-2.0 MW turbines, commenced in December 2013 when Enbridge signed a US$200 million deal with RES Americas for developing the project. Commercial operation began on January 23, 2015.
Keechi Wind was developed by RES Americas and constructed under a fixed-price, engineering, procurement, and construction agreement and was RES Americas’ first project in which it self-performed the turbine installation, positioning the company for further expansion in that space.
Vestas will provide turbine operations and maintenance services for the first five years of the project.
The Keechi Wind project will deliver electricity into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) market, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Microsoft Corporation.
Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer of RES Americas, stated:
“The successful completion of the Keechi wind project included RES Americas self-performing the installation of 55 wind turbines. It was also extremely important to us to work closely with the local community in sourcing labor and materials to construct the project.”