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Abilene, Texas, Oct. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA), a leading renewable energy developer and operator in North America, commemorates the 15-year anniversary of operations at the Lone Star I Wind Farm located in Shackelford County, Texas. Lone Star Wind Farm is comprised of two 200-megawatt (MW) phases, totaling 400 MW of installed capacity, and also spans into Callahan County. The project represents an estimated capital investment of approximately $880 million and generates enough energy to power the equivalent of 86,000 average Texas homes each year. The wind farm has also provided significant economic and environmental benefits for Shackelford and Callahan Counties and Texas.
Lone Star created nearly 600 full-time jobs during construction and currently employs 47 permanent team members who operate and maintain the wind farm. The wind farm’s development has also contributed an estimated $62 million worth of economic growth within 50 miles of the project, which has benefited local businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and stores. In addition to local investments, Lone Star has paid more than $24.9 million to landowners through land lease payments and disbursed more than $40.4 million to local governments, which go toward enhancing schools, roads, infrastructure, and other essential services. Lone Star also saves more than 711 million gallons of water each year, which is the amount of water that would be needed by conventional generation sources to produce the same amount of energy capacity as the wind farm.
“Renewable energy has come a long way in 15 years, and we are proud of Lone Star Wind Farm’s longevity and successful operations,” Cory Baldock, Operations Manager – Lone Star Wind Farm said. “On this 15th-anniversary celebration, EDP Renewables honors our partnership with the area residents and shares our commitment to provide clean, cost-effective energy for years to come.”
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