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Duke Energy Renewables completes Los Vientos V wind power project in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 27 January 2016

Duke Energy Renewables has completed construction of 110MW Los Vientos V wind power project in Texas, US.

Located in Starr county, this unit is the fifth and final phase of the Los Vientos wind farm scheme which has a cumulative capacity of 910MW.

The now-commissioned farm will be able to meet the power requirements of around 33,000 average homes in the country, the company said.

While the Los Vientos I and II wind farms have a combined output of 402MW, each of the third and fourth phase under the project has 200MW capacity.

Completion of this project adds 600MW capacity to Duke Energy Renewables' portfolio over 2015 since the commercial operations at the plant has been initiated in December last year.

Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio president Greg Wolf said: "The company surpassed the 2,000-MW milestone just six months ago, and we've continued to accelerate renewables growth.

Power generated under the fifth phase development will be acquired by municipal utilities Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU) under 25-year power purchase agreements.

"These progressive municipal utilities are adding wind power to their mix in response to a greater demand for competitively-priced, clean, and sustainable energy," Wolf added.

Los Vientos III wind project was completed by the company only last year. In 2015, the firm had also taken over 50% of the 211MW Mesquite Creek wind project, which supplies energy to candy maker Mars.