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E.ON commissions two new renewable energy projects in US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 December 2014

E.ON has commissioned a 211MW wind farm and 18MW solar plant in the US.

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The Grandview I wind farm is located 26 miles east of Amarillo, Texas Panhandle, and features 118 GE 1.7-100 wind turbines.

The wind farm is a joint venture between EON and GE Energy Financial Services.

It will generate enough energy for about 64,000 homes and reduce 482,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The wind farm will feed power into the new Competitive Renewable Energy Zones infrastructure in Texas, using the lines constructed to add renewable capacity in the state.

EC&RNA, which managed construction of the wind farm, will provide operations and maintenance services.

In southern Arizona, E.ON commissioned the Fort Huachuca solar plant, which is now generating power to the grid.

The solar plant was constructed at the US Army Fort Huachuca in partnership with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the US Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF).

E.ON delivered construction management and supply chain services for the project.

TEP will own and operate the project and supply electricity to Fort Huachuca under a long-term contract.

E.ON renewables division Eckhardt Rümmler said: "The commissioning of a solar project and a wind farm demonstrates our capability to work successfully with a range of technologies.

"It is a major advantage that E.ON is able to handle different regimes and partners globally."

E.ON presently operates more than 10GW of renewable capacity including large hydro.

Image: E.ON has commissioned a 211MW wind farm and 18MW solar plant in the US. Photo: Courtesy of Anusorn P nachol/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.