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Duke Energy Renewables’ Texas wind farm becomes fully operational

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Energy Global,

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has announced that its 200 MW Mesteño Windpower project in Starr County, Texas, US, began commercial operation on 31 December 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

The project's output will be sold into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production.

Mesteño contains turbines 590.5 ft tall meaning the tower turbines can harness stronger winds, resulting in an increase in wind energy production.

During peak construction, the wind project created approximately 200 jobs. It will also deliver more than US$16 million in tax revenue over the first 10 years of its operation.

Vestas supplied 56 3.6 MW turbines for the site. Amshore US Wind provided development support for the project, and Wanzek Construction was the contractor.

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