Kenedy County, Texas
PROJECT DEVELOPER & OWNER: Iberdrola
ONLINE DATE: May 2010
CAPACITY: 100.8-Megawatts (MW)
PROJECT TYPE: Wind Energy
The Peñascal Wind Power Project, located in Kenedy County, Texas, is the first wind farm constructed along the Texas coast. The 84 turbines at this wind power project generate 202 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy and contribute jobs and tax revenue to the local community. Typically, a 202 MW wind project can generate power for more than 70,000 homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s calculation.
Situated south of Baffin Bay, Peñascal was developed to avoid or minimize environmental impacts on birds, wildlife and wetlands. Even before construction began, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC commissioned extensive wildlife studies. For three years, third-party wildlife biologists spent more than 4,000 hours in the field studying the site and avian patterns during a wide variety of weather conditions. Information gleaned from the studies showed that Peñascal has minimal impact on the environment and wildlife, including the annual migration patterns of raptors, passerines and other birds from throughout the central and eastern portions of North America.