Duke Energy Completes Los Vientos Wind Power Projects


After more than four years, the last of the Los Vientos wind power projects in Texas has been completed by Duke Energy Renewables. Altogether, 426 wind turbines were installed over more than four years.

The final project, Los Vientos IV with a capacity of 200 MW, recently began commercial operation near the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas. Los Vientos I was commissioned in 2012. Altogether, the five projects have a total capacity of 900 MW.

The power and associated tax credits from Los Vientos IV are being sold to Austin Energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement.

Vestas supplied 100 V110-2.0-MW turbines for the project and will service the project under a three-year operations and maintenance agreement, Duke Energy said.

“With the turbines installed at Los Vientos IV, Vestas crossed a historic milestone – 75 gigawatts installed in 75 countries,” said Chris Brown, president of Vestas’ sales and service division in the U.S. and Canada.

The facility was constructed by Wanzek Construction. Amshore US Wind provided development support for the project.

Duke Energy Renewables’ projects in Texas: 1,563 MW

  • Sweetwater Windpower Project, Nolan County, 283 MW (of 585 MW total)
  • Ocotillo Windpower Project, Howard County, 59 MW
  • Notrees Windpower Project, Ector & Winkler Counties, 153 MW
  • Blue Wing Solar Power Project, San Antonio,14 MW
  • Notrees Battery Storage Project, Winkler County, 36 MW
  • Los Vientos I Windpower Project, Willacy County, 200 MW
  • Los Vientos II Windpower Project, Willacy County, 202 MW
  • Los Vientos III Windpower Project, Starr County, 200 MW
  • Mesquite Creek Windpower Project, Borden & Dawson Counties, 106 MW
  • Los Vientos IV Windpower Project, Starr County, 200 MW
  • Los Vientos V Windpower Project Starr County, 110 MW

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