Peyton Creek Wind Farm, a 151-MW onshore facility located in Matagorda County, Texas, has achieved commercial operation. The project in the ERCOT south market is powered by 48 Nordex 3.15-MW turbines. With the addition of Peyton Creek, RWE will operate a total installed wind generating capacity of more than 4,000 MW in the United States.
“The completion of this project and surpassing the 4-GW mark for total operated wind capacity is an important statement of our intent to grow our portfolio of projects,” said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas, RWE Renewables. “With our unparalleled experience and expertise, we are well-positioned to take advantage of changing dynamics in the renewable energy industry.”
North America is one of the focus markets of RWE, with a strong development pipeline in the renewables business. The installed capacity in the U.S. accounts for more than one-third of the Group’s renewables capacity.
Further U.S. onshore wind farms are currently under construction: The Cranell Wind Farm, a 220-MW facility in Refugio County; and Big Raymond, a 440-MW facility in Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties, Texas. The Boiling Springs Wind Farm is a 150-MW wind farm and RWE’s first project in Oklahoma.
The Peyton Creek project overcame its fair share of challenges including the impact of Tropical Storm Imelda in September 2019. Despite more than 23 inches of rain falling during the storm, including 15 inches in less than 24 hours, the construction team was able to continue on to completion.
“This was truly a team effort to bring the project together and successfully start commercial operation,” said Paul Bowman, Director Development North America Onshore, RWE Renewables. “Even more impressive than overcoming the challenges they faced, our construction team has established a remarkable safety record, going 449 days without a recordable safety incident.”
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