EDP Renewables North America‘s (EDPR) 209-MW Reloj del Sol Wind Farm has reached commercial operations in Zapata County, Texas.

The Reloj del Sol Wind Farm is the latest project in EDPR’s growing energy portfolio in Texas, joining the company’s four operating wind farms in the state. Collectively, EDPR’s Texas portfolio now totals 909 MW in operating renewable energy capacity — producing enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 236,000 average Texas homes each year.

EDPR is also constructing the 200-MW Wildcat Creek Wind Farm, which is located in Cooke County, approximately 50 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

“EDP Renewables strongly believes in the future of renewable energy in Texas, and the Lone Star State is and will continue to be a vital part of our leading clean energy portfolio,” said JP Hunter, area operations manager for Texas and Mexico. “EDPR NA is working firsthand to fulfill the energy needs of fellow Texans and is pleased that the completion of Reloj del Sol will bring economic and environmental benefits to South Texas communities.”

Reloj del Sol is estimated to provide approximately $36 million in direct payments to local governments and $100 million in payments to landowners throughout the life of the project. The project supported 101 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and created 10 permanent jobs, dedicated to operating and maintaining the wind farm. .

“Bringing clean energy investments to Zapata County is an essential component of our long-term economic growth, and we want to thank EDP Renewables for vastly contributing to our community for the next several decades,” said Joe Rathmell, Zapata County Judge. “EDPR NA’s Reloj del Sol Wind Farm is creating jobs and funding essential public services while helping Texas remain at the forefront of the energy industry.”

EDPR NA is headquartered in Houston.

News item from EDP Renewables North America

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