Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit

The wholesale energy wing of Southern Co. has amped up its utility-scale wind project holdings again.

Southern Power acquired its 15th wind power project. The 118-MW Glass Sands facility is located in Murray County, Oklahoma, and was developed by Steelhead Americas, the North American development arm of Vestas.

“We are proud to announce this new addition to our generation portfolio,” said Southern Power President Bill Grantham. “Glass Sands is a great project for Southern Power as we continue to provide clean renewable energy resources to meet the needs of our customers.”

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Atlanta-based Southern now owns five wind farms in Oklahoma. Glass Sands is expected to utilize 28 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas and achieve commercial operation by the fourth quarter.

Once operational, the electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement with Amazon.

With the addition of Glass Sands, Southern Power’s wind portfolio consists of more than 2,533 MW of wind generation. Southern Power’s wind facilities are a part of the company’s 4,928-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction.

Earlier this year, Southern Power acquired its 14th wind project—the 300-MW Deuel Harvest Farm in South Dakota. Invenergy is developed that site which achieved commercial operations in February.

Oklahoma is that nation’s second leading wind energy producer with more than 3,000 MW installed. AEP-owned utilities Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and SWEPCO are also acquiring major projects coming online this year and next.

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Source: Renewable Energy