RWE’s Cranell wind farm, a 220 MW onshore wind power project, located in Refugio County, Texas, has achieved commercial operation. With this latest project, RWE’s operational onshore wind power portfolio in the US reaches 4,200 MW (RWE’s pro rata share is about 3,600 MW) from 25 wind farms. The project is powered by 100 Vestas 2.2 MW turbines and represents an investment of $250 million in the South Texas region of the US.
North America is a focus market of RWE, with the installed capacity in the US accounting for more than one third of the Group´s renewables capacity. It has a strong development pipeline in the renewables business, with almost 1 GW of onshore wind farms under construction in the US located in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and New York State. Cranell is the second of RWE’s US onshore wind projects to come online this year.
RWE Renewables onshore wind and solar PV Americas chief operating officer Silvia Ortin said: “RWE is thrilled to be announcing our seventh Texas coastal wind project reach commercial operation. We are particularly proud this project was completed without a reportable safety incident and many of the permanent positions at the facility were hired from the local region. With almost one gigawatt under construction, we have firmly established our position as an industry leader in the US.”
RWE Renewables has onshore and offshore wind farms, solar PV plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 GW. By the end of 2022, the company targets to invest €5 billion in renewable energy and to grow its renewables portfolio to 13 GW. RWE has also recently entered into a joint venture, New England Alpha Ventus, focused on floating offshore wind in the state of Maine.