Pattern Energy switches on 200 MW wind farm in Texas

Oklahoma wind power ELP

Expanding its operations in Texas, Pattern Energy Group said its 200 MW Logan’s Gap Wind facility in Comanche County, Texas, has completed construction and is fully operational.

Pattern Energy has an owned interest of 164 MW in the wind power facility and four institutional tax equity investors have acquired the balance. The facility is financed with all equity rather than project debt.

The facility will sell 75 percent of the electricity produced to Walmart and a financial institution. Walmart has a 10-year power purchase agreement to acquire 58 percent of the expected output from the facility. Seventeen percent of the expected output will be sold under a 13-year fixed price agreement with a A-/Baa2-rated financial institution. The remaining 25 percent of expected output will be sold at ERCOT spot market prices.

An average of 250 workers were on site during construction with up to 550 workers on site during peak activity. There are 12 full-time permanent workers to operate and maintain the facility. Consisting of 87 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines, with a total capacity of 200 MW, Logan’s Gap Wind will create enough clean energy to power 50,000 homes in Texas each year, according to average annual residential energy use data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Located in ERCOT’s North Zone, the Logan’s Gap Wind facility connects to Oncor’s 138kV Comanche to Zephyr line, which crosses the facility site and supplies power to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Pattern Energy acquired the Logan’s Gap Wind facility from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) in December 2014. Pattern Energy has rights of first offer to Pattern Development’s entire project development pipeline, which totals more than 5,900 MW.

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