BRACKETTVILLE, Texas, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America dedicated the Anacacho Wind Farm today with an onsite ceremony.
The project, located in Kinney County, Texas, is approximately 14 miles southeast of Brackettville and consists of 55 Vestas 1.8 megawatt (MW) turbines providing 100 MW of power. Anacacho Wind Farm began commercial operation in December.
"We are honored to be a part of the local community and we look forward to providing economic support and renewable, homegrown energy for many years to come," said Steve Trenholm, CEO, EC&R North America, at the dedication ceremony today. "Wind farms create jobs, and provide an economic shot in the arm to farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across America."
More than 200 people were hired during construction and the project will employ approximately 8 permanent positions on the wind farm in Kinney County.
EC&R has invested more than $5 billion dollars in the U.S. in the last five years, creating more than 5,000 construction jobs and another 200 permanent jobs to keep its wind farms up and running.
Locally, this project will contribute more than $17 million in local taxes, while paying $8 million in local salaries and more than $34 million to landowners.
When operational, this project will mark the 18th operational wind farm in North America for EC&R, giving the company more than 2,700 MW online.
E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) is responsible for the E.ON group's large-scale renewable energy activities around the world. Tapping renewable energy sources offers enormous alternatives, both from a business perspective and for the environment. E.ON Climate & Renewables has already invested €8 billion in renewable energy projects and will continue to expand the share of renewable energy in E.ON's power generation portfolio. E.ON has thus taken a leading role in developing renewable energy sources worldwide. For more information, please visit www.eon.com/renewables.
Matt Tulis, Communications Manager, EC&R North America
SOURCE E.ON Climate & Renewables