Government owned wind energy project breaks ground

DOE Pantex Plant Amarillo Texas wind energy project breaks ground Siemens

The U.S. Energy Department broke ground on the nation’s largest federally-owned wind energy project at the Pantex Plant in Texas.

The five-turbine, 11.5 MW project is expected to power 60 percent of the plant, which is the primary site for the assembly, disassembly and maintenance of the U.S.’ nuclear weapons stockpile.

Siemens (NYSE: SI) will build the farm under a performance-based contract that uses long-term energy savings to pay for the project costs. The project is expected to begin operations by summer 2014.

President Obama set a goal for the federal government to have 20 percent of its electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.

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