E.ON Climate and Renewables announced Thursday that they had completed the final phase of their wind farm project in Roscoe, Texas. The facility, which now has an installed capacity of 781.5MW, is the world’s largest wind farm.
The wind farm in Roscoe, Texas cost a total of $1 billion and about 200 miles of land to complete. Now the wind farm, just west of Fort Worth Texas, beats out the previous world’s largest wind farm, Horse Hollow, by over 50MW. Horse Hollow Wind Farm is owned and operated by FPL Group’s NextEra Energy Resources.
Texas has been the top state in wind capacity since 2006 with more than 2,400 MW of installed wind capacity. Now the state boasts an impressive 8,335MW of installed wind capacity, according to statistics from the state grid operator.
Currently, the state is focused on developing more ways including extra power lines to get all the wind energy being generated into the state grid. The new power lines should allow double the current capacity to be pumped into residences and industrial spaces around the state.
The Roscoe Wind Farm encompasses four Texas counties and covers more than 100,000 acres of land. The farm boasts 627 turbines, which were installed and manufactured by Mitsubisihi, GE, and Siemens. E.ON Climate is responsible for over 2,600MW of wind energy worldwide, which includes the company’s 1,488MW in the U.S., most of which is located in Texas.
Other projects the company has recently completed in Texas include the Panther Creek wind farm which has a capacity of 458MW and is located near Big Spring, Texas. Additionally the company also finished a 180MW project called Papalote Creek wind farm which is near Corpus Christi. E.ON has also been quite active in Britain’s large London Array offshore wind venture, which, when completed, will be the largest offshore wind source in the world.