The RWE Renewables portfolio in North America continues to expand as Boiling Springs, a 148-MW project, located in Woodward County, Oklahoma, has achieved commercial operation. The facility is RWE’s first project in the state and in the Southwest Power Pool.
“Under very challenging conditions, our teams have delivered this project with outstanding dedication to our business goals while continuing to prioritize health and safety,” said Silvia Ortin, COO of North America, RWE Renewables. “This milestone, of our 26th onshore wind farm in the U.S., further proves our track record in the development, construction and operation of high-quality generation assets in North America — one of our focus markets.”
It is powered by 60 GE turbines, a mix of GE 127-2.82 MW and GE 116-2.3 MW generators. Boiling Springs came online in late December after posting a work safety record of no lost time incidents.
RWE announced in September 2019 that Boiling Springs signed an agreement with American Honda Motor Co. for offtake as part of one of the largest-ever renewable energy purchases by the automotive industry. Under the terms of the virtual power purchase agreement, Honda has contracted for 120 MW of the power and renewable attributes from the 148-MW Boiling Springs Wind Farm.
“After several years of development, we are thrilled to see this project fully operational in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a new market for us,” Ortin said. “[Southern Power Pool] is a highly-attractive market with considerable potential for working with new customers in the corporate, industrial and utility segments. As always, we appreciate the local support from the community and our landowners to help us bring Boiling Springs from development through construction and now to successful operation.”
North America is one of the focus markets of RWE, with the installed capacity in the United States accounting for more than one-third of the group’s renewables capacity. RWE constructs, owns and operates wind, solar and energy storage projects in the United States. RWE has recently entered into a joint venture, New England Aqua Ventus, focused on floating offshore wind in the state of Maine.
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