HOUSTON Oct 1 E.ON Climate and Renewables said
on Thursday it has built the world's biggest wind farm by
completing the final phase of its Roscoe, Texas wind farm,
bringing the installed capacity to 781.5 megawatts.
The more than $1 billion project, about 200 miles (320
kilometers) west of Fort Worth, surpasses the nearby 735.5 MW
Horse Hollow wind farm, owned by FPL Group's (FPL.N) NextEra
Energy Resources, as the largest in the world.
"Completing the world's biggest wind farm took more than a
$1 billion investment, coordination with more than 300
landowners and management of more than 500 workers," Steve
Trenholm, chief executive of German-based E.ON AG's (EONGn.DE)
renewable unit in North America, said in a release.
In 2006, Texas became the leading state for wind capacity
with about 2,400 MW, an amount that has expanded to 8,335 MW,
according to the state grid operator.
New power lines are under development that will allow wind
developers to more than double the current amount of wind in
Texas over the next few years.
Unlike fossil-fueled power plants, wind farms generate no
carbon dioxide -- a heat-trapping greenhouse gas blamed for
global warming -- and require no water. Wind farms are helping
to revive the economy in sparsely populated areas of West Texas
and the Texas Panhandle.
Wind farms have been getting bigger in Texas.
The Roscoe wind farm spans parts of four Texas counties and
covers nearly 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares), several times
the size of Manhattan, the company said. It has 627 turbines,
manufactured by units of Mitsubishi (8058.T), General Electric
(GE.N) and Siemens (SIEGn.DE).
E.ON Climate operates 2,600 MW of generation worldwide,
including 1,488 MW in the U.S, mostly in Texas.
It recently completed the 458-MW Panther Creek wind farm
near Big Spring, Texas, and will soon finish the 180-MW
Papalote Creek wind farm near Corpus Christi.
Elsewhere, the company recently began construction on
Britain's big London Array offshore wind project, which will
become the largest offshore wind farm in the world when
(Editing by Marguerita Choy)