RWE, a German electric utility company, has begun commercial operations on the 151MW Peyton Creek Wind Farm in Matagorda County, Texas.
The commissioning of the Texan wind farm located in the ERCOT south market comes almost a year after its previous owner E.ON began construction. It can be noted that E.ON transferred its renewables business to RWE in 2019.
The Peyton Creek wind project comprises 48 turbines supplied by Nordex with each of them having a capacity of 3.15MW turbines. The wind farm in Texas can generate enough renewable energy to meet the power consumption of more than 45,000 homes.
Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath – CEO of RWE Renewables said: “Peyton Creek is our 24th wind project in North America. That underlines the importance of North America as a focus market for RWE. Our long-term operation of this wind farm will deliver clean, low-cost energy to South Texas.”
In September 2019, the construction team of the Peyton Creek Wind Farm overcame a major hurdle in the form of Tropical Storm Imelda.
Silvia Ortin – COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas at RWE Renewables said: “This was truly a team effort to bring the project together and successfully start commercial operation.
“Even more impressive than overcoming the challenges they faced, our construction team has established a remarkable safety record, going 445 days without a recordable safety incident.”
Currently, RWE operates a total installed wind generating capacity of more than 4GW in the US following the commissioning of the Peyton Creek Wind Farm.
RWE’s upcoming onshore wind farms in the US that are currently under construction are the 220MW Cranell Wind Farm and the 440MW Big Raymond Wind Farm, both located in Texas, and the 150MW Boiling Springs Wind Farm in Oklahoma, which will be the company’s first project in the state.