Another wind farm in Oklahoma has gone operational. EDF Renewable Energy announced that it’s 154 megawatt Rock Falls Wind Project in Kay and Grant Counties in northern Oklahoma started commercial operation this week.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation signed an agreement earlier in the year with EDF for 120 MW of generation. It is also Kimberly-Clark’s first utility scale use of renewable energy.
Rock Falls is EDF’s second project in Oklahoma. Last year, the company completed the Great Western Wind Project which supplies Google with its output of electricity.
“We applaud America’s corporate sector and companies like Kimberly-Clark, who through the purchase of wind energy demonstrate leadership in the drive for a low-carbon economy,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President for EDF Renewable Energy. “Their commitment allowed Rock Falls to proceed, providing an economic boost to the Oklahoma economy through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term in come for participating landowners.”
As for Kimberly-Clark it operates a number of manufacturing facilities across North America including a tissue and towel manufacturing facility in Jenks which makes products for the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle and Viva brands.
“As a point of comparison, the electricity purchased from the Rock Falls wind project would offset 1.5 times the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the electricity consumption at the Jenks manufacturing plant,” said Lisa Morden, Global Head of Sustainability at Kimberly-Clark.