EDF Renewable Energy and partner BlackRock Infrastructure opened the 200 MW Hereford Wind project. State and local representatives joined EDF RE and BlackRock Infrastructure to recognize the supportive community and benefits of wind to the region.
The wind power project, encompassing about 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County, southeast of the town of Hereford, commenced construction of 54 GE 1.85 MW, and 50 Vestas V100 2 MW wind turbines in November 2013 and achieved commercial operation on December 22, 2014.
The project interconnects to the recently completed Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission infrastructure the enables delivery of long-term, clean, competitively priced power from the strong wind resource regions of West Texas to the rest of Texas. Generating enough electricity to power about 55,000 homes, the project also avoids greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 80,000 vehicles off the road.
Texas continues to leads the nation in installed wind capacity, due to robust wind resources, a business friendly environment, and supportive stakeholders at the state and local levels. The Hereford Wind project represents EDF Renewable Energy’s confidence in the next wave of wind power’s growth and construction in the state and increased investment in Deaf Smith County.
As part of EDF Renewable Energy’s community engagement program the company presented the Deaf Smith County Crisis Center with a $2,500 donation.
Following on from the Spinning Spur (161 MW) and Bobcat Bluff (150 MW) projects commissioned in December 2012; and Spinning Spur II (161 MW) commissioned in 2014, Hereford Wind is EDF Renewable Energy’s fourth operating project in Texas. The company has two additional wind projects in construction, eventually boosting the Group’s installed capacity in the state to over 1 GW.
EDF Renewable Services will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC compliant Operations Control Center.