With a total capacity of approximately 160 MW, the project is scheduled to be online by spring of 2020.
ENGIE North America recently announced the start of construction of the Jumbo Hill Wind Project, located in Andrews County, Texas.
Jumbo Hill will provide energy and Renewable Energy Credits (REC) generated by the Project to a corporate customer under a virtual Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and has also entered into a Proxy Revenue Swap for a portion of its generation with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s specialist weather risk team, in collaboration with its partners at Nephila Climate. REsurety Inc provided risk analytics supporting the Proxy Revenue Swap transaction and will serve as the calculation agent on an ongoing basis.
“ENGIE is thrilled to be announcing our fifth wind project to start construction over the past year,” said Emily Cohen, Vice President of Commercial Strategy within ENGIE North America’s wind development team. “The construction of the Jumbo Hill Project will take ENGIE North America’s renewable generation built or under construction to more than 1.5 GW of capacity. It is a strong project in a unique location in West Texas, and we expect it to complement and help grow the evolving industries in the region.”
The project will use 57 GE Renewable Energy turbines, each with 127-meter rotors and a capacity of more than 2 MW, and the balance of the facility will be built by Wanzek Construction, Inc. The total capital investment of the Project is over $150 million, and there will be up to 250 people employed at the site during the height of construction activity.
The Project will also generate significant economic development in the local area: annual payments to landowners will total millions of dollars over the life of the Project, combined with purchases of local goods and services, and nearly $30 million in payments to the various taxing entities. The Project is expected to employ up to 12 people long-term. The Project is part of the portfolio acquired in 2018 by a subsidiary of ENGIE North America from Infinity Power Partners, a joint venture between Infinity Renewables and MAP Energy.