Papalote Creek Wind Farm
|Papalote Creek Wind Farm|
|Official name||Papalote Creek Wind Farm|
|Location||San Patricio County, Texas|
|Units operational||196 turbines|
|Make and model||Vestas V82-1.65 MW|
Siemens SWT-2.3 MW
|Nameplate capacity||380 MW|
|Capacity factor||34.2% (average 2011-2017)|
|Annual net output||1,139 GW·h|
The Papalote Creek Wind Farm near Taft, Texas in San Patricio County is an array of 196 wind turbines that can produce 380 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to serve approximately 114,000 homes. The wind farm was built and is operated by E.ON Climate and Renewables North America.
The first phase of 109 Vestas 1.65 megawatt turbines came on line in the fall of 2009. The second phase of 87 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines came on line in winter 2010. All turbines are approximately 262 feet high and have three blades. The turbines have a maximum speed of 22 rotations per minute.
The land for the wind farm is privately owned and leased to E.ON. The lease agreement allows for other uses of the land such as farming and ranching. The wind farm has added more than $500 million in value to the property tax base of San Patricio County and local school districts. Additional turbines may be added to the wind farm in the future.
The wind farm is located about 20 miles from where Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017, and experienced wind speeds of 90 mph, shutting the wind farm down. Downed power lines delayed operation for a few days before the wind farm became operational again.
|Year||Papalote Creek 1
(179.9 MW) 
|Papalote Creek 2
(200.1 MW) 
|Total Annual MW·h|
|Average Annual Production (years 2011-2017) --->||1,138,798|
|Average Capacity Factor (years 2012-2017) --->||34.2%|
(*) partial year of operation
- "E.ON - Projects in North America - Papalote Creek I & II". E.ON Climate and Renewables. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- "196 Wind Turbines Cranking Out Power". San Patricio Municipal Water District. February 1, 2011.
- Gold, Russell (September 2, 2017). "In Big Test of Wind Farm Durability, Texas Facility Quickly Restarts After Harvey". Retrieved September 4, 2017 – via www.wsj.com.
The delay in restarting was mostly because the power lines were damaged
- "Texas Wind Turbines Survive Hurricane Harvey". REVE. August 30, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
- "Papalote Creek 1, Annual". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- "Papalote Creek 2, Annual". Electricity Data Browser. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved April 27, 2019.