Duke Energy switches on Los Vientos V wind farm in Texas

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Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, ended 2015 with a flurry, completing its 110 MW Los Vientos V Windpower Project in Starr County, Texas.

With this site on line as of late December, the business added 400 MW of wind power and 200 MW of solar power to its U.S. renewables portfolio in 2015.

"We've come a long way since we constructed our first 29 MW wind site in 2008," said Greg Wolf, president Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. "The company surpassed the 2,000 MW milestone just six months ago, and we've continued to accelerate renewables growth to a year-end total approaching 2,500 MW."

Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) are purchasing the output from Los Vientos V through 25-year agreements. The facility produces enough emissions-free electricity to power about 33,000 average homes.

"These progressive municipal utilities are adding wind power to their mix in response to a greater demand for competitively-priced, clean, and sustainable energy," added Wolf. "We're proud to add them to our valued customer base."

In addition to Los Vientos V, Duke Energy Renewables completed the 200 MW Los Vientos III wind project last year and acquired half of the 211 MW Mesquite Creek wind site, which supplies energy to candy maker Mars, Inc.

Duke Energy Renewables also brought more than 200 MW of solar energy on line in 2015. It built eight solar projects in North Carolina, totaling about 160 MW, including the 80 MW Conetoe facility, the company’s largest solar project operating east of the Mississippi to date.

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