Edison Mission Group, a subsidiary of Edison International, has completed construction and started commercial operation of its newest wind energy project, located in Wildorado, Texas. Known as the Wildorado Wind Ranch, the project is providing electricity to Southwestern Public Service Company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a long-term power purchase agreement.
The 161-MW Wildorado project is the largest wind energy facility in the Texas panhandle region and the largest in EMG's current portfolio of 14 wind projects in five states. It will provide enough electricity to meet the needs of about 48,000 homes.
Wildorado is powered by 70 wind turbines, each of which is capable of generating 2.3 MW of electricity at peak wind speeds. The facility is located on approximately 16,000 acres in Oldham, Potter and Randall counties, approximately 25 miles west of Amarillo, Texas.
The project was jointly developed by EMG and Cielo Wind Power LP, of Austin, Texas. Siemens Power Generation was the supplier and erector of the wind turbines and the M.A. Mortenson Company of Minneapolis was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the balance of plant work.