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On October 1, E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R) announced the completion of the world's largest wind farm near Roscoe, Texas. The Roscoe wind complex has an installed capacity of 781.5 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 230,000 homes.
"Completing the world's biggest wind farm took more than a billion dollar investment, coordination with more than 300 landowners and management of more than 500 workers," North American CEO of EC&R Steve Trenholm stated. "Today is a great day for our company and the team that made this a reality."
The project area spans parts of four Texas counties and the Roscoe wind complex covers nearly 100,000 acres, several times the size of Manhattan. The wind farm has a total of 627 wind turbines manufactured by Mitsubishi, General Electric and Siemens.
"Texas continues to lead the nation in the development of renewable energy and has more wind generation capacity than any other state and all but four countries," Texas Governor Rick Perry said. "We are pleased that E. ON Climate & Renewables North America has chosen to open this facility in Roscoe that will further expand our state's diverse energy portfolio."
EC&R recently commenced construction on its London Array offshore wind project which when completed will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. EC&R currently operates more than 2,600 MW worldwide, including 1,488 MW in the U.S.
"E.ON is now one of the most significant players in the wind industry, both in the U.S. and Europe," CEO of EC&R Frank Mastiaux noted. "The completion of the Roscoe wind complex is another great achievement for our team and a significant step on our way to further increasing the share of renewable energy in E.ON's generation portfolio."
E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) is responsible for E.ON group's renewable energy and environmental protection activities around the world. Tapping renewable energy sources offers enormous alternatives, both from a business perspective and for the environment. E.ON Climate & Renewables will be investing euro 8 billion in renewable energy and environmental protection projects from 2007 to 2011 to expand the share of renewable energy in E.ON's portfolio for the long term. E.ON has thus taken a leading role in developing renewable energy sources worldwide.