The turbines started turning on the world’s largest wind farm yesterday in Texas. According to an article from the AP, the 627 turbines cover 100,000 acres over four counties, with a record-setting capacity of 781.5 megawatts. I didn’t realize that Texas is #1 in wind generation in the U.S. (go here to check out a map showing wind generation by state). Interestingly, the land also functions as cotton fields.
The Dallas Morning News reported that a lack of transmission lines makes it impractical to build more wind farms in West Texas, but that $5 billion of new lines will help deliver generated electricity to the rest of the state. Reuters mentioned that the lines would allow wind developers to double the amount of wind power generated in Texas, and that the turbines were manufactured by units of GE, Mitsubishi, and Siemens.