E.ON Opens The World’s Largest Wind Farm
|The old and the new in Roscoe, Texas.|
|(cc) James Wade|
E.ON has put the world’s largest wind farm into operation in the United States. After a construction period of just over two years, 627 wind turbines with an installed capacity of approx. 780 MW are now operating in Roscoe, Texas. They can generate electricity for more than 230,000 homes. The wind farm consists of four sections and covers an area of no less than 400 km, twice the size of a city like Duesseldorf, in Germany. In Roscoe, E.ON is relying on proven wind turbines manufactured by Mitsubishi, General Electric and Siemens.
“The completion of Roscoe is a major success for our team and another milestone in the development of renewables in our power generation portfolio. In just under two years we have increased our wind park capacities worldwide to 2,600 MW, with over half of that total 1,500 MW – in the United States,” said Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables, who is responsible for the E.ON Group’s renewable activities. “With large-scale projects like Roscoe we are helping renewables to achieve a faster breakthrough in economic and technological terms. For this purpose we will invest [euro] 8 billion worldwide up to 2011. Our aim is to reach a capacity of 10,000 MW in 2015. North America is one of the most attractive markets for renewables worldwide, especially for onshore wind plants.”
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