EL CABO AND AMAZON US EAST WIND FARMS
El Cabo and Amazon US East: two flagship projects in the US
Iberdrola, through its subsidiary in the United States, Avangrid, has in these wind farms two of the most representative facilities in the country: together they supply energy from renewable sources to about 1.5 million homes.
EL CABO WIND FARM
Iberdrola has built a wind farm in Torrance County (New Mexico, USA) through its US subsidiary AVANGRID Renewables. This particular region has one of the windiest and most complex climates in the country, where severe storms are commonplace and temperatures can exceed 50 °C. With an investment of approximately 500 million dollars, El Cabo has a total capacity of 298 MW and generates clean electricity for about 900,000 homes.
Gamesa was the company selected to supply 149 G114 turbines, with 2.1 megawatts (MW) of unit capacity, in order to equip this new Iberdrola wind project.
Iberdrola has already secured the sale of the energy generated by this facility through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a contract that guarantees the profitability of the power plants in the country over a long period of time.
PPAs — already signed for a large portion of Iberdrola's wind farms in the United States — have provided stability for the company's investments in this strategic market, being one of the cornerstones of our commitment to the field of renewable energy within the country.
AMAZON US EAST WIND FARM
Amazon US East: main project data.
The Amazon US East wind farm, which was recently commissioned, is one of the commitments of the large North American multinationals to the generation of renewable energies and of Avangrid(*) Nota as a prestigious company of the sector. Located in the Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, it has a 208 MW capacity and is the first large industrial-scale wind farm in North Carolina.
OTHER COMPLETED PROJECTS
Iberdrola, via its U.S. Subsidiary AVANGRID Renewables, has commenced marketing operations for the following three wind farms that are joining the company's fleet in the United States:
- Tule (California, 131 MW): it has 57 GE wind turbines and involved an 18 million dollar investment and 21 local companies.
- Deerfield (Vermont, 30 MW): it is the country's first wind farm on U. S. Forest Service land and includes 15 Siemens Gamesa turbines capable of supplying renewable energy to 14,000 homes.
- Twin Buttes II (Colorado, 75 MW): equipped with 36 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, it is located in Lamar, close to the existing Twin Buttes wind farm.
At the same time, and within the sphere of offshore wind power, AVANGRID Renewables has recently sent a proposal to develop Vineyard Wind, a large-scale wind power project off the Massachusetts coast. When it becomes operational in 2019, it will be the first large-scale wind farm of its kind in the United States.
(*) Nota 81.5% owned by Iberdrola.