Construction Begins on Oklahoma’s Newest Wind Farm
‘OU Spirit’ facility will help the University of
OG&E already provides its customers with 170 MW of wind power – 50 MW from the Sooner Wind Farm, which began operations in 2003, and 120 MW from the Centennial Wind Farm, commissioned in 2007. All three wind farms are in northwestern
“OG&E shares OU’s long-term commitment to developing Oklahoma’s resources,” said
Last September, in an agreement that marked one of the largest renewable energy commitments ever by a public university, OG&E and OU outlined a plan for OU’s Norman campus to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2013. Construction of OU Spirit is a significant part of that agreement.
OU Spirit will feature 44 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Following foundation work this spring, turbines will be assembled at the site beginning in August.
The new wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to serve about 25,000 homes after it is commissioned for operation in early 2010.
OG&E, a regulated electric utility with more than 770,000 customers in a service area spanning 30,000 square miles in
SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.