Xcel eyes commissioning of 478-MW Texas wind project by June 2019

Wind turbines in Texas. Photo by: Xcel Energy (www.xcelenergy.com).

July 4 (Renewables Now) - Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) will start building its 478-MW Hale Wind Project in Texas in the next few weeks, targeting completion in June 2019, the US utility said on Tuesday.

Wanzek Construction has been contracted to build the plant near Petersburg, using turbines supplied by Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS). Equipment for the wind park is scheduled for delivery in October, while turbine installation will start soon afterwards.

Xcel agreed to purchase the Hale project from NextEra Energy Resources last year under a plan to add 1,230 MW of wind in the states of New Mexico and Texas. Now, it has formally bought the asset.

The utility also said it has obtained all needed regulatory approvals in both states for the 1,230-MW initiative that will also see it build a 522-MW wind park in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and contract 230 MW of wind capacity from NextEra-owned facilities in Texas’ Crosby and Cochran counties.

The Hale project was developed by NextEra Energy Resources under a partnership with Hale County landowners.

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