Energy dedicates 735 MW Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center
- the world's largest wind farm
Oct 19, 2006 Business Wire
FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL
Group (NYSE: FPL) today hosted about 200 guests near
Abilene to dedicate the world's largest wind
farm - the 735 MW Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center
located in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.
Texas State Representative
Phil King and Dyess Air Force Base Commander Timothy
Ray joined FPL Energy's Senior Vice President
of Development Mike O'Sullivan and more than
200 local and regional guests to celebrate the commercial
operation of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and
all those that helped bring the facility to Texas.
"The Horse Hollow Wind Energy
Center is a great example of a project put together
by a terrific team that will benefit the state of
Texas for many years to come," said Mike O'Sullivan,
senior vice president of development for FPL Energy.
“Wind is a clean, renewable source of energy
that is emission-free and has a minimal impact on
the local infrastructure, while contributing to the
economic well-being of local communities."
State Representative Phil King said,
“The state legislature worked very hard last
year to pass legislation to encourage the development
of wind energy in our state. The Horse Hollow Wind
project is an excellent example of the type of project
we all envisioned. I look forward to working with
FPL Energy and other wind developers to expand renewable
energy across the state."
"The Air Force is the largest purchaser
of renewable energy in the nation, and Dyess Air Force
Base is leading the way as the first federal installation
to use 100 percent wind-generated electricity," said
Col. Timothy Ray, 7th Bomb Wing commander. "Dyess
is a true success story, and we're proud to be part
of this community that's so dedicated to making our
nation a little cleaner for our children and grandchildren."
The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center
is spread across approximately 47,000 acres in Taylor
and Nolan County, Texas. The facility is comprised
of 291 GE 1.5 megawatt wind turbines and 130 Siemens
2.3 megawatt wind turbines. The first phase of the
project consisting of 213 megawatts was completed
in late 2005; phase two consisting of 223.5 megawatts
was completed in the second quarter of 2006; and,
phase three consisting of 299 megawatts was completed
in September. FPL Energy now operates more than 1,600
megawatts of wind in Texas alone.
"We continue to receive tremendous
support for our wind development efforts throughout
Texas," O'Sullivan added. "This
year alone we have invested nearly $1 billion, expanding
our wind business in the state. We look forward to
further expanding our wind presence in the state,
bringing new investment, and the benefits of clean,
renewable and cost-effective power to tens of thousands
FPL Energy, through its subsidiaries,
currently operates 48 wind farms throughout the U.S.
with a gross capacity of nearly 4,100 megawatts -
enough electricity to power more than one million
average U.S. homes. FPL Energy is currently the largest
owner and operator of wind turbines in the world and
operates more than 1,600 megawatts of wind power in