A Texas-based renewable energy company has begun the first phase of construction on their 400 MW Texas wind farm. The newly formed subsidiary of Chicago-based New Generation Power started construction in December, which made the wind farm eligible for a Federal Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit.
Located just northwest of Dallas, Texas, in Haskell County, the project is estimated to cost from $650 to $700 million and will be built out in two phases. Excellent wind speed and wind consistency have been verified by three met towers, that have been in the process of collecting wind data for several years, showing a 50.5% capacity factor for the project.
To qualify for the PTC Credit, which expired at the end of 2013, NGP Texas has completed milestones of significant nature that included: Pre-construction development, early investments, environmental considerations, permitting, an interconnection agreement, excavated WTG foundations and mud mat placements.
NGP Texas brought together a team of industry leaders to help successfully complete all elements of this fast-tracked project. The Prime EPC Contractor for the 400 MW wind farm is Rosendin Electric, Inc. Since Rosendin’s entrance into the wind industry in 2003, they have participated in the design, procurement, and construction of more than 10 GW of wind power generation plant facilities located in the continental United States and Canada.
“The cornerstone of our strategy was partnering with the ideal members to bring an exclusive group of talent, project expertise, and industry knowledge to showpiece this 400MW wind farm, “ said Ania Kuna, Executive Vice President of NGP Texas. “This reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision and have common goals. The ground breaking marks a significant milestone exemplifying the dedication of our team,” she added.
“The NGP Texas Wind Project has offered Rosendin Electric, Inc. a unique opportunity to work, in unison, with New Generation Power Texas, LLC to develop a superior team of qualified engineers, contractors, and equipment/ material vendors that will insure the safe, quality driven, on-time, and cost efficient completion of this project,” stated Mike Turner, Vice President of Rosendin Electric, Inc.
AUI Contractors will serve as the Civil and Foundation sub-contractor for the project.
“AUI Contractors – Renewable Energy Services has supported and built projects for the co-developer since 2007. NGP Texas has assembled a strong EPC team, lead by Rosendin,” said Mario Carbone, Vice President and COO of AUI. “We are extremely impressed with their pre-construction planning and are confident that all of the hard work on the front end will equate to a successful execution of the project in 2014,” he added.
Located on 22,000 acres of land, the Texas wind project will be capable of producing roughly 1,866 million megawatt hours (MWh) of energy annually and is expected to complete construction of both phases by the end of 2015.
The construction, operation and maintenance of this large-scale project will require many boots on the ground and the involvement of numerous contractor parties which will result in the creation of multiple US jobs.