480MW wind farm to be built in Texas

Global clean energy firm Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has entered into an agreement with Algonquin Power & Utilities (APUC) to build the Maverick Creek Wind Project in Texas, US.

The 480MW facility could generate enough power to supply 168,000 homes per year, with construction expected to start in September ahead of completion in late 2020.

RES Americas CEO Graham Reid said: “We are pleased to partner with Algonquin on the Maverick Creek project. This project is a clear demonstration of our mutual commitment to a sustainable future and growing the economy through renewable development.”

The project will be financed by food maker and retailer General Mills under a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Once operational, Maverick Creek will contribute to a booming wind industry in Texas, which currently supports more than 25,000 jobs according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Texas is also the leading state in the US for installed wind capacity, with 25.6GW provided by more than 13,000 turbines.