A new day, a new large capacity wind farm opens somewhere in the world. This time around it is in the southern Texas town of Bruni, located about 40 miles east of Laredo, where the new 150-megawatt (MW) Cedro Hill wind project has begun commercial operation. At full capacity, the project can produce enough power to meet the needs of about 40,000 homes.
Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, is the operator of this particular wind farm. All of the electricity produced by the project is being sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with CPS Energy of San Antonio. Cedro Hill is powered by 100 GE turbines with a generating capacity of 1.5 MW each and interconnects to the electric grid at the La Quinta switching station, hooking up to CPS Energy through the 138-Kilvolt Lobo-Falfurrias transmission line.
EMG said this is its third wind energy project in Texas, joining the 161-MW Wildorado Wind Ranch near Amarillo and the 149-MW Goat Wind project near San Angelo. Around the country it sports 29 projects in 10 states with a total generating capacity of more than 1,800 MW.
Total investment in Cedro Hill is said to be around $300 million in Webb County. It is believed this project “is supporting the local economy with more than $100 million in property taxes and payments to local landowners over the next 20 years.”
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