NRG Energy Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Padoma Wind Power LLC, has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. to build the first phase of the Sherbino I Wind Farm in Pecos County.
The wind farm will be a 150-megawatt project consisting of 50 Vestas 3 MW wind turbine generators, situated about 40 miles east of Fort Stockton.
“Zero-fuel, zero-emission wind power is a critical component of Repowering NRG’s efforts to build a diverse fuel generation portfolio that reduces NRG’s carbon intensity,” said David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy. “Padoma and NRG are pleased to partner on Sherbino with BP to combine our collective years of wind development and operations experience.”
The Sherbino I Wind Farm will be on more than 9,000 acres on a mesa about 3,000 feet above sea level. The land is primarily used for low-density sheep and cattle grazing with some oil and gas development.
Padoma is managing the construction, which began in late 2007, with Mortenson Construction as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation in late 2008.
“Harnessing West Texas’ abundant wind adds to our country’s efforts to become more energy independent while helping further diversify the Texas fuel mix,” said Jan Paulin, president and CEO of Padoma Wind Power.
NRG Energy owns and operates power-generating facilities, primarily in Texas and the Northeast, South Central and West regions of the United States and in Australia, Germany and Brazil. NRG is a member of USCAP, a group of business and environmental organizations calling for mandatory legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Padoma Wind Power LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary, is a wind farm development company based in La Jolla, Calif., website www.padoma.com.
6 February 2008
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