E.ON Climate and Renewables has announced the completion of its 781.5 mw wind farm in Roscoe, Texas now billed as the world largest wind farm Texas
One of our more popular stories last week was about China taking the leadership on renewables development and overtaking the United States as the world’s largest clean energy market. We waited for an answer and it wasn’t long in coming. Who else would take the cudgels for the US but our own energy capital, the Lone Star state, Texas.
E.ON Climate and Renewables has recently announced the opening of its sprawling 781.5 megawatts wind farm in Roscoe, Texas. Billed to be the world’s largest wind farm to date, the project was completed at a cost of $1 billion and pushed through after lease negotiations with more than 300 property owners in the area. The facility sits in 100,000 acres of cotton farm land in four counties, about 220 miles west of Dallas. At peak capacity, the 627 wind turbines in the complex could generate electricity to power 230,000 homes.
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The Roscoe facility will employ about 500 workers and will benefit Texas with clean energy and a reputation for leadership in this blossoming industry. Texas Governor Rick Perry released this statement, to mark the occasion:
Texas continues to lead the nation in the development of renewable energy, and has more wind generation capacity than any other state and all but four countries. We are pleased that E. On Climate & Renewables North America has chosen to open this facility in Roscoe that will further expand our state’s diverse energy portfolio.
It is certainly encouraging to note that the powerful oil men of Texas are astute enough as entrepreneurs to recognize the wind of change blowing in the direction of clean energy. Their fortunes were made out of fossil fuel, but that finite resource would either be exhausted or give way to the demand for renewable energy sources. By building the world’s largest wind farm in their state, the energy men and women of Texas are clearly at the forefront of the transition towards a clean energy economy.
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