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Texas-based Tri Global Energy has announced the creation of Hale Community Energy LLC (HCE), a community-sponsored wind farm with the potential to produce 1.1 GW of electricity.

HCE is a partnership comprising Tri Global Energy projects, including Hale County Wind Farm LLC, CottonWind Farms LLC, Lakeview Wind Farms LLC and East Mound Renewable Energy Project LLC. Located in the southern part of Hale County, Texas, stretching west from Abernathy to Petersburg, north to Plainview and across to the Floyd County line, the combined project is planned to have approximately 500-650 turbines and be developed in five phases of construction.

According to Tri Global Energy, the wind farm will be located on 122,000 acres that are owned by more than 340 landowners, and the project has more than 450 shareholders. The company expects the first 200 MW phase to be operational in late 2015 and has plans for the entire project to be operational by mid-2018.

The point of interconnection (POI) for the 200 MW first phase of the project is planned to be the Briscoe County Substation, currently being constructed by Sharyland Utilities 20 miles northeast of the project. The POI for the 250 MW second phase is planned to be the SPP 345 kV Tuco substation located adjacent to the southwest boundary of the project. A new 345 kV transmission line is planned for completion by mid-2014 from Tuco to Woodward, Okla., which will run through the southern part of the project.



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