Update: Duke to build Los Vientos V

Duke Energy’s renewables unit has reached agreement to build, own and operate the 110MW Los Vientos V wind power project, raising its future generation capacity for Texas wind projects above 1.05GW.

Duke says the project will utilize 55 Vestas 2MW wind turbines.

Without specifically naming Los Vientos V, Vestas says it will make an announcement on turbine supply "as soon as the project translates into a firm and unconditional order in accordance with Vestas’ definition."

Duke Energy Renewables (DER) has signed 25-year power off-take agreements with Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU).

With an expected completion date in late 2015, Los Vientos V will produce enough emissions-free electricity to power about 33,000 homes.

"We're proud to be partnering with these progressive utilities to make renewable energy more widely available to their customers," says DER President Greg Wolf. "One of the key advantages of our Los Vientos projects is they generate the majority of their power during the day, when customer demand is greatest."

Los Vientos III and IV – each 200MW – are under construction also in Starr County in South Texas near the border with Mexico. Los Vientos I and II, 200MW and 202MW, respectively, are located to the east in Willacy County bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

By 1 January 2016, DER will have more than 2.1GW of wind generation capacity in place nationwide.

(NOTE: adds Vestas comment)