September 28, 2016
Invenergy and 3M Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center
CHICAGO (September 28, 2016) – Leading clean energy company Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”) and 3M today held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Invenergy’s 120 MW Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center located near Big Spring, Texas.
Invenergy employees, 3M representatives, and several members of the community gathered for the ceremony to officially mark the opening of the facility.
The facility, which began construction on September 18, 2015 and started service on June 22 of this year, features 67 GE 1.79 MW turbines with a combined capacity of approximately 120 MWs. It is located in Howard County, about 20 miles north of the city of Big Spring and connects to the ERCOT electricity market at the Buzzard Draw Switching Station – Big Spring/China Grove 138kV transmission line via a new station named Gunsight Mountain Switching Station.
“Renewable energy procurement by offsite corporations nearly tripled between 2014 and 2015. This is one of the most exciting changes occurring in the industry, and Invenergy is thrilled to be at the forefront of this trend,” said Bryan Schueler, Senior Vice President of Development at Invenergy. “This agreement will help 3M strengthen their commitment to sustainability and is a major step towards changing how the world uses energy. 3M's commitment to using clean energy paves the way for other large companies around the world to adopt the usage of clean energy as well.”
3M, a global science-based company, signed a power purchase agreement with Invenergy earlier this year. With a mission to make the world cleaner, safer, and stronger, 3M has announced a goal of increasing renewable energy to 25 percent of its total electricity use by 2025. The company has made strides by partnering with Invenergy to make a difference in its own operations that positively impacts the lives of its customers and local communities.
The Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center employs a full-time staff of nine employees. In all, the facility is expected to contribute more than $2 million annually to the local economy in the form of tax payments, staff salaries, and the purchase of local goods and services.
With the addition of the Gunsight Mountain Wind Energy Center, Invenergy now has a wind project portfolio that includes more than 7,650 megawatts of capacity.
Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, and Europe. Invenergy's home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,700 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects. For more information, please visit www.invenergyllc.com.
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