Wind Catcher Energy Connection Map

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Wind Catcher Facility Details

Location

Approximately 300,000 acres in Cimarron & Texas Counties, Oklahoma, home to some of the best wind in the country. Approximately 98-99% of land in the project site area will remain in agricultural use, supporting a primary industry in the region.

Capacity

2,000 megawatts

Equipment

Eight hundred GE 2.5 megawatt turbines designed to enhance siting efficiency, offer industry-leading reliability and allow for higher energy production. All machine heads and hubs will be manufactured in the U.S., and additional components will be manufactured in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Schedule

Construction began in 2016. The project is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

Development

Invenergy is leading the development, engineering, equipment procurement, construction and financing of the Wind Catcher facility. 

Ownership

American Electric Power (AEP) utility subsidiaries Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) are asking utility regulators in four states to approve plans to purchase the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion of construction and to build the power line.

Operations

Invenergy is contracted to operate and maintain the project.

Environmental

Surveys to date have confirmed the site has very low wildlife impact. To avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and other natural resources, Invenergy is working with state and federal agencies and other interested stakeholders to site, build, and operate facilities responsibly. All actions are in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines, which include robust pre-construction wildlife and habitat surveys, early and frequent communication with wildlife agencies, and operational monitoring to minimize risk to wildlife.

Wind Catcher Power line

An approximately 350-mile dedicated power line will connect a substation at the wind farm with a substation near Tulsa to deliver the wind energy to customers.