Texas Panhandle wind is high quality, with wind speeds averaging over 16.8 miles per hour at 164 feet height. Other Texas Panhandle advantages include proximity to load, and relatively flat topology for access and constructability.
In August of 2007, Mesa Power filed documents to add 4,000 megawatts of wind-generated electricity to the power grid in Texas, enough for over 1 million homes. The filing, with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), details plans for the world’s largest wind farm, with construction starting in 2009 and power deliveries to begin in 2011.
The project will have as many as 2,700 turbines on up to 200,000 acres in Roberts and four other counties in the Texas Panhandle. ERCOT, which operates as part of the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), manages the state’s power grid. Mesa Power plans to construct a power line and deliver the electricity to Oklaunion (Wichita Falls, TX) substation and possibly beyond.