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Acciona breaks ground on 145-MW wind park in Texas

Wind park in Texas. Author: Lindsay Attaway. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

December 14 (Renewables Now) - Acciona Energia, the renewables unit of Spain's Acciona SA (BME:ANA), announced on Thursday it has started construction works on a 144.9-MW wind farm in Texas.

The Palmas Altas plant, located in Cameron County, requires USD 200 million (EUR 176m) in investments. It will consist of 46 Nordex AW125/3150 wind turbines, the company said.

Scheduled to commence operations in November 2019, the new power plant is expected to produce some 524 GWh per year, enough to meet the annual demand of 43,000 local households and offset 503,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Acciona estimates that Palmas Altas will create 170 jobs during its construction. The plant's output will be sold in the ERCOT-South Texas wholesale market.

With the latest addition, its ninth in the country, Acciona increases its US wind asset portfolio to 866 MW, it noted.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.88)

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