Southern Power’s Fifth Texas Wind Facility Now Open

August 6, 2018


Southeastern US powerhouse Southern Power says its proud to “invest in Texas” with the opening of its new 148 MW wind facility, its fifth wind project in the state.

The Atlanta-based company’s Concho County farm Cactus Flats Wind Facility has “achieved commercial operation,” the company said, with 43 Vestas wind turbines.

Southern Power bought the project in July 2017 from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., which developed and built the facility, with Southern overseeing all construction activity on site.

Power from the wind farm is being sold under existing contracts with General Mills and General Motors.

Both companies are participating in options on the wind farm electricity renewable energy credits, of course.

GM Global Manager for Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld said, “The 50 MW will meet the electricity needs of 16 of our U.S. facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, and the Arlington Assembly complex in Texas.”

General Mills EVP John Church noted that Cactus Flats is “one of many initiatives we have underway to get us closer to reaching our climate commitment.”

Southern says it has 38 solar, wind and biomass projects operating or under construction.