Though Texas is known for being a big player in the oil industry, the past couple of years have seen the state participating in some pretty big renewable energy projects. Wind power, in particular, has enjoyed a surge in the “Lone Star State”. Even big oil has been involved. BP, for instance, owns and operates the Sherbino 1 wind farm and is currently constructing Sherbino phase 2 for a combined generation capacity of 300 megawatts. Iberdrola Renewables is also active in the area with its Peñascal Wind facility which is said to generate a total of 404 megawatts out of Texas.
Word of a new wind power project, however, stands to significantly boost the amount of wind power being generated in the state of Texas. According to news issued by the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC), Austin-based Baryonyx Corporation has issued applications to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for three offshore wind energy sites.
Baryonyx has some big plans for the approximately 60,000 acres of submerged land under lease from the Texas General Land Office. If fully developed, three offshore wind farms could end up generating approximately 3 gigawatts of electricity, estimated to be enough to power around 1.2 million homes.
RSTEC says it sees some big economic and employment opportunities for its area by way of the potential wind farm development. The council says it is actively working with other companies to possibly bring manufacturers of the wind turbine components to the area as well.