Renewable Energy Systems Inc. (RES) and Cielo Wind Power LLC have reached an agreement to construct the world's second largest wind power facility on King Mountain in West Texas. The project will consist of 214 wind turbines and have a capacity of 278.2 megawatts, sufficient to supply power to around 139,100 Texas homes. It will save, over its 20-year life, the emission of nearly 20 million tons of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

The wind ranch will be located on a windswept plateau near McCamey amongst the oil fields of West Texas. The 214 wind turbines will be supplied by Bonus A/S of Denmark and will each produce 1.3 megawatts of power.

Electricity generated by the new facility will be sold to Reliant Energy of Houston, under a 15-year contract for 198.9MW of capacity, to Austin Energy, under a 10-year contract for 76.7MW of capacity and to Texas-New Mexico Power for the remaining 2.6MW. It will be owned and operated by FPL Energy, LLC, the independent power production subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.

Construction has begun and the wind ranch will be fully operational before the end of 2001, officials said.

RES is the U.S. subsidiary of international wind energy company Renew-able Energy Systems Ltd. This will be the fifth project to be built by RES in the U.S., and the third developed with Cielo.

Both parties initiated the 160MW Woodward Mountain wind ranch in West Texas in 2000. RES also constructed the Cameron Ridge and Pacific Crest wind farms in Tehachapi, Calif., in 1999, which have a total capacity of over 100MW. This new project is the largest built by RES.