ACCIONA Energy has started construction on its eighth U.S. wind farm, the 93-MW San Roman Wind Farm near the southeast coast of Texas.
Acquired from developer Pioneer Green Energy, the project features 31 ACCIONA Windpower AW125/3000 turbines, each with a rotor diameter of 125 meters and mounted on an 87.5-meter steel tower.
The Cameron County project is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2016, producing enough clean energy to supply electricity to more than 30,000 homes.
San Roman Wind Farm will supply electricity to the Rio Grande Valley, which has experienced rolling blackouts in recent years.
The company says the recent long-term extension of the federal Production Tax Credit was an important factor to ACCIONA Energy’s decision to increase its investment in U.S. wind energy.
“The San Roman Wind Farm represents ACCIONA’s renewed investment activity in the important United States Market,” said Ilya Hartmann, ACCIONA Energy North America CEO. “ACCIONA is working to grow its renewable energy portfolio in the U.S. and Canada and the San Roman project is an important step toward that goal.”
With the addition of San Roman, ACCIONA Energy’s North American renewable energy capacity will exceed 1,500 MW.