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Clearway Energy completes 419MW Texas wind farm

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Clearway Energy Group has completed the construction and brought online Mesquite Star, a 419 MW wind farm in Fisher County, Texas. 

Mesquite Star is contracted with many corporate and institutional clients, including Ecolab, Lowe’s, Intuit, and Brown University, in an aggregation of long term power agreements. Blattner Energy built the project with wind turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as well as a tax equity investment from BHE Renewables.

“We’re proud of the team that came together to bring this project to life. Successfully launching a project like this, at a time like this, demonstrates the durability of this industry even under the most difficult circumstances. Mesquite Star will provide clean, affordable wind power in the Lone Star State for decades to come while supporting our customers in meeting their sustainability and clean energy goals. We thank our customers, landowners, construction partner, and the many others involved in the success of this project.”

Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway Energy Group.

“Projects like the Mesquite Star wind farm are a crucial part of creating a resilient future for all of us. Our virtual power purchase agreement with Clearway will cover 100% of our electricity use in the U.S. and also represents an important step in Ecolab’s journey to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.”

Emilio Tenuta, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer at Ecolab.

“Lowe’s is committed to reducing our carbon emissions footprint, and our agreement with Clearway Energy will help us to achieve our 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent. We are continuously making investments to improve our environmental performance, from energy efficiency in our stores to supporting renewable energy development. The 100 MW agreement will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of all 143 Lowe’s stores in Texas.”

Chris Cassell, Lowe’s director of corporate sustainability.

“This partnership is a key part of Brown University’s goal of getting to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Power we purchase from Mesquite Star will offset about 30 percent of our campus electricity and will cut our net campus emissions by 15 percent. We’re very pleased that our part of this project will contribute to a cleaner energy future.”

Stephen Porder, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and Brown’s assistant provost for sustainability. 

“This aggregated power agreement is a true testament to the type of longstanding collaboration and partnerships needed to make a dent in the uphill battle against climate change. The innovative structure of Mesquite Star allowed Intuit to hit our 100% renewable electricity goal 10 years early, enabling our team to launch a new climate positive goal to speed up the transition to a low carbon future. Mesquite Star is a powerful example of how energy groups, corporations and communities can work together to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Sean Kinghorn, global sustainability program manager at Intuit, maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint.

Mesquite Star, located in West Texas, created over 300 jobs during construction, over a dozen ongoing jobs and generated millions of dollars in local investment.

Wind energy is a $46.5 billion industry in the Texas, raising $237 million in annual statewide and local taxes, and creating over 25,000 jobs.

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