Oklahoma is soon to be the home of a new wind energy farm that, when fully developed, is scheduled to deliver an estimated 370 megawatts of renewable energy to the area. A recent announcement by Daewoo subsidiary, Dewind states that the company has acquired the rights to a 160 megawatt portion of the Novus project, which will be the first utility-scale wind energy facility for the Oklahoma panhandle.
Dewind says it is actively moving forward to break ground by mid-2011 for the first 80 megawatt phase of the project which is currently scheduled to begin commercial operation sometime in early 2012. Dewind intends to install 40 of its D9.2, 2 megawatt (MW) turbines for the first phase and indicated that future phases may use products that the company says are still under development.
Dewind states that its D9.2 turbine is a refined version of earlier iterations of their 2 MW turbines which is meant to be grid-friendly and well suited to the conditions of the Oklahoma panhandle area. Novus Wind indicates that the wind speeds in the panhandle are some of the highest in the United States, topping out at an average of 20 miles per hour.
This first phase of the Novus project will be Dewind’s third wind project build in the Oklahomo-Texas panhandle area. Dewind notes that once the 80 MW Novus Phase I site begins commercial operation, it expects to have a total of 120 MW of generation capacity on line in the region.