The Maverick Creek wind farm is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding wind power industry in Texas. The 119-turbine facility in Concho County in central Texas will be capable of powering 168,000 homes with its 480 megawatts of energy when it comes online in late 2020.
Concho County is considered an ideal location for wind farms due to its combination of flat land and steep slopes. The site for Maverick Creek, located about 2 miles northwest of Eden, is only a short distance from the state’s electricity grid. The nearest connection point is just 18 miles away.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES), the largest independent renewable energy company in the world, and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation are joint developers of the wind farm. “This project is a clear demonstration of our mutual commitment to a sustainable future and growing the economy through renewable development,” says Graham Reid, CEO of RES.
175 temporary construction jobs will be generated by the project, which will maintain five to ten permanent jobs after its completion.
“It’s a continuation of what we’ve been seeing,” adds Joshua Rhodes, a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute. “Which is a robust wind buildout in Texas.”