Wind Plant Ready To Power Up In California

Wind energy developer enXco, an affiliate of the French company EDF Energies Nouvelles, has announced the completion of the Shiloh III Wind Project near Rio Vista, Calif. The 102.5-megawatt (MW) capacity plant is expected to begin generating electricity for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) customers in December.

Shiloh III comprises 50 REpower 2.05-MW turbines, and stretches across 4,600 acres of farmland, 98 percent of which will remain usable for farming and ranching, enXco said. The power generated by the plant will go to PG&E under a 20-year power purchase agreement, providing electricity for approximately 50,000 customers. Maintenance and operation services will be provided by enXco.

Shiloh wind power project, enXco

image via enXco

Since the passing of California’s renewable portfolio standard in 2002, enXco has developed 1,143 MW of wind and solar projects in the state, including the 150-MW Shiloh I and II in 2005 and 2008.

Company executives said the state’s clean energy mandate and the federal government’s renewable energy tax credit were crucial to the successful deployment of projects like Shiloh III.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).