FPL Energy LLC says that as of the end of August it had completed 662 MW of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas - making it the largest wind farm in the world. When the last phase of the project was to have been completed, soon after press time, the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center would have a total capacity of 735 MW.
The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is comprised of 291 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines spread over nearly 47,000 acres in Taylor and Nolan counties.
The first phase of the project, consisting of 213 MW, was completed in late 2005. Phase two, consisting of 223.5 MW, was completed in the second quarter of 2006; and phase three, consisting of 299 MW, was expected to be completed by the end of September. Once Horse Hollow is complete, FPL Energy will operate more than 1,600 MW of wind in Texas alone.
"The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is an important new source of clean, renewable power for the region that also provides significant economic benefits to the area in the form of taxes, new jobs, lease payments to landowners and the purchase of local goods and services," says Jim Robo, president of FPL Energy. "Projects like Horse Hollow are possible because of the pro-business environment that exists in Texas today as well as tremendous support from the local community. Because of the strong support we have received in Texas, this year alone we have invested more than $1 billion to expand our wind business in the state and bring the benefits of this clean, renewable energy source to tens of thousands of Texans."