Southern Power’s 118-megawatt (MW) Glass Sands Wind Facility in Murray County, Oklahoma, is now operational, according to a recent company press release. This project marks Southern Power’s 15th wind facility and is the company’s fifth wind facility in Oklahoma.
“We are pleased to see Glass Sands Wind Facility achieve commercial operation as this facility represents an incredible accomplishment for our employees and partners involved with the project,” said Southern Power President Bill Grantham. “This facility showcases our commitment to the development of wind energy and is an excellent addition to our growing renewable fleet.”
The Glass Sands Wind Facility consists of 28 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement with Amazon.
In December 2020, Southern Power acquired Glass Sands Wind Facility from Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America. M. A. Mortenson Company served as the constructor of the site, which created more than 250 jobs at peak construction.
With the addition of Glass Sands, Southern Power’s wind portfolio consists of more than 2,534 MW of wind generation. Southern Power’s wind facilities are a part of the company’s 4,930-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction.
This project aligns with Southern Power’s overall business strategy of strengthening its wholesale business by acquiring and developing generating assets that are covered by long-term contracts with counterparties with strong credit support.
Southern Power is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company. The new Murray County facility, located about three miles east of Sulphur, contributes to the company’s growing fleet of clean energy resources from California to Maine.