Last year, The Cleanie Awards® honored RES (Renewable Energy Systems) employee James Thomas as its Rising Star under 30.
Since then, RES continues to make its mark on the industry. Most recently, RES announced its largest project for development and construction in North America. Through a collaboration with Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp, RES will develop one of the largest wind projects in Central Texas.
The project’s 119 turbines can generate a combined 480 megawatts of power, a considerable output for a wind farm. In fact, it’s enough energy to power 168,000 homes a year. Construction on the Maverick Creek wind farm began this month and is anticipated to be completed in 2020.
In addition to providing an economic investment opportunity, as 60 local residents will be paid for the use of their property, it will also increase clean energy jobs. During the peak construction period, the project will create nearly 175 jobs and up to 10 permanent jobs once completed.
Additionally, General Mills signed a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC, a joint venture partnership between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, for 200 megawatts (MW) of its Maverick Creek wind project. The wind project will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that, together with the company’s previous wind power agreement, are calculated to equal 100 percent of the electricity used annually at the company’s owned domestic facilities.
“We are pleased to partner with Algonquin on the Maverick Creek project,” said Graham Reid, CEO of RES in the Americas. “This project is a clear demonstration of our mutual commitment to a sustainable future and growing the economy through renewable development.”