Construction begins on Texas Panhandle wind power project

San Francisco-based renewable power producer Pattern Energy Group said Tuesday it has started building a 218 megawatt wind power facility in the Texas Panhandle.

The facility will be able to produce wind energy for up to 60,000 Texas homes.

The project, including construction of the turbines, a substation, transmission line and an operations facility, is slated to be completed in August 2014.

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Financial arrangements call for the facility to sell power to Citigroup Energy under a long-term agreement. GE Energy Financial Services and Citigroup Global Markets will invest equity in the project.

Pattern Energy, which will provide operations and maintenance, has secured loans from several banks. A company statement did not say how much the project is expected to cost, and a spokesman had no immediate comment.

Some 200 construction jobs are expected to be created in Carson County due to the project.

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