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Published on January 11th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


BP & Sempra Energy Building 2 Giant Wind Farms, Investing over $1 Billion

January 11th, 2012 by  


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BP and Sempra Energy have joined forces to build two giant wind farms in the U.S. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of a whopping 560 megawatts (MW) and each will be the largest wind farm in their state.

BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power today announced plans to further expand their strategic relationship by jointly developing the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm in Kansas that represent a combined investment of more than $1 billion,” BP & Sempra announced in a press release yesterday.

“Both wind farms are fully-contracted under long-term agreements, and are expected to be in commercial operation by year-end 2012. The wind farms will have a combined total output of 560 megawatts (MW) and will each be the largest ever built in their respective states.”

The Mehoopany Wind Farm will be 141 MW in size and construction began last November. The power will be delivered to Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. It will use 88 GE 1.6-MW wind turbines. The power will be sold to Associated Electric Cooperative, Southwestern Electric Power Company (a unit of American Electric Power), and a third electricity provider (secured but not yet announced).

The Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm will be 419 MW in size. 262 GE wind turbines, with 1.6 MW of capacity each, will be used on the farm.

Once fully operational, BP will operate both wind farms.

Does this make BP green? Of course not. But a green project is a green project. And these are two super-huge green projects.

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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