Acciona Energia to build 46-turbine wind farm in Texas
The Spanish renewable energy firm, Acciona Energia, has announced that it will build a new wind farm in Cameron County, Texas.
The Palmas Altas facility will feature 46 Nordex wind turbines, each with a rotor diameter of 125 metres.
The turbines combined will give the project 144.9MW of energy capacity.
The farm will be located near Acciona Energia’s first Texan facility, the San Roman wind farm which has a capacity of 93MW.
US$200mn will be invested in the wind farm, which is anticipated to generate 524GWh of annual energy – enough to power 43,000 homes in the US.
170 people are expected to be hired during the peak construction phase of the project, to be completed by 2019.
“We are proud to undertake a new wind power project that consolidates the reactivation of our investment activity in the United States and confirms our commitment to grow in a controlled and profitable manner in a market that continues to offer very interesting opportunities for the renewables sector,” stated Rafael Esteban, CEO of Acciona Energia’s USA division.
Once complete, the firm’s total wind power capacity in the US will reach 866MW, with facilities in Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, Illinois, and Texas.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.