Location: Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center, Abilene, Texas
Contractors: H. Blattner & Sons, Inc.
About the Client: NextEra is a subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. and is the largest generator of wind and solar power in North America, with 65 wind farms in 16 states and Canada generating more than 6,400 net mW.
Project Description: The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is the largest wind energy center in the world. Spread over 47,000 acres near Abilene, Texas, it is comprised of 291 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines. Horse Hollow is an important source of clean, renewable power for the region that also provides significant economic benefits in the form of taxes, new jobs, lease payments to landowners, and the purchase of local goods and services.
Nova Partners’ Role: Nova provided the Electrical construction Quality Assurance Plan (EcQAP) to Rosendin Electric, Inc., the electrical subcontractor to Blattner, the general contractor, for the collection systems and substations during the various phases of construction from 2005 through 2007. The EcQAP application was customized for project-specific requirements in collaboration with NextEra and Blattner engineering and management personnel.