Clearway inaugurates 340-MW Mesquite Sky wind farm in Texas

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March 24 (Renewables Now) - US renewables developer Clearway Energy Group on Wednesday held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate its 340-MW Mesquite Sky wind farm in Callahan County, Texas.

Mesquite Sky reached commercial operation date (COD) in December, but celebrations had to be postponed due to weather, travel and Covid-19 related restrictions, a spokesperson for Clearway Energy said.

The wind farm is equipped with 68 turbines that can produce enough electricity to power over 87,000 West Texas households per year. It will operate under long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPs) closed with home appliances maker Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) and machinery maker Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), the manufacturer behind the John Deere brand.

In early January 2021, Clearway said it had closed USD 427 million (EUR 388.8m) in construction debt financing for the Mesquite Sky project, which at the time was rated at 345 MW with 69 wind turbines to be used. Before that, the developer announced a joint equity transaction through which climate solutions investor Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc (NYSE:HASI) committed to invest in its 1.6-GW heavy renewables portfolio that included Mesquite Sky.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.910)

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