April 12 (Renewables Now) - Duke Energy Renewables, a unit of utility Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), on Thursday said it work is ongoing on a 200-MW wind project in Texas and its commissioning is seen by end-2019.
The Mesteno wind park, being constructed in Starr County, will sell its output to the ERCOT power market. Duke Energy Renewables said it plans to sign a long-term hedge agreement for most of the expected generation.
Once up and running, the 56 Vestas 3.6-MW turbines of the plat are expected to produce enough power for about 60,000 average households.
The project will be Duke Energy Renewables’ fourth wind park in Starr County and will expand its installed wind turbine capacity in the US to over 2.5 GW. The developer estimates that during peak construction, the Mesteno project will create nearly 200 jobs. Its partners in the scheme are Amshore US Wind, which delivered development support, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Wanzek Construction.