New wind farm slowly going up in Texas Panhandle

Work is underway on a 239-turbine wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.

Xcel Energy is building the Hale Wind Project near Plainview, a city located midway between Amarillo and Lubbock.

Concrete foundations have been poured for the wind towers and turbines and blades are being delivered to the Hale County site. The company said trenching has started for 190 miles of underground cable to collect the 478-megawatts of electricity to be generated by the turbines.

Regulators in New Mexico and Texas earlier this year approved the overall $1.6 billion plan. Xcel in July announced the completed purchase of the project from Florida NextEra Energy Resources.