As more attention is focused on how the world's growing energy needs affect our climate, new sources of renewable energy are becoming increasingly important. One such source of renewable energy is wind power. Over the past few years, wind power generation in Texas has grown from only a handful of turbines to over 40 wind farms capable of generating over 9,400 megawatts of power. This growing industry not only helps to power Texas homes and businesses, but also provides countless jobs to its citizens in an ever-growing energy market. Many of these wind energy jobs can be found in Texas' three largest wind farms:
- Roscoe Wind Farm – Over $1 billion was spent in constructing the Roscoe Wind Farm, in Roscoe, TX. It is said to have 627 wind turbines and the capacity of 781.5 megawatts. The size of this wind farm covers an area several times the size of Manhattan.
- Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center – Located in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas, the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center covers nearly 47,000 acres. It has 421 wind turbines that generate a total capacity of 735 megawatts.
- Texas Wind Project – Texas Wind Project, in Culberson County, Texas, has 112 wind turbines capable of generating 35 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power 12,000 to 15,000 homes.
Texas has always been a leader in energy production through its reliance on oil and natural gas. Now, it is turning to its abundance of wind energy to maintain its place as America's energy leader. Even Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens has recently announced plans to build a $10 billion wind farm capable of producing enough energy to power a small city. While not everyone can spend billions of dollars to build their own wind farm, consumers can do their part by purchasing green energy right here on ElectricityTexas. Next time you turn on a light or heat up a stove, remember that the electricity might just have come from the whirling blades of a wind farm in Texas.