Palo Alto West

Energy Type: Wind

Where is the project?

The Palo Alto West Wind Project is located approximately 21 miles west of Corpus Christi, Texas. The project sits entirely within Nueces County.


What transmission line does the project connect with?

Transmission lines running near and through the project are owned and operated by AEP. Both 138 kV and 345 kV electrical lines are available and can serve electrical loads in southern Texas coastal regions or be exported out of the area to San Antonio, Austin, Houston or other parts of Texas.


What is the size of the project?

Up to 300 MW


Landowners and Acreage Involved:

Palo Alto West Wind Project encompasses approximately 25,000 acres.


Who is buying the power?

The power to be produced by the Palo Alto West Wind Project is currently being marketed to local and regional Texas electric utilities and industrial customers.


Who developed the project?

The developer of the Palo Alto West Wind Project is Tradewind Energy, Inc.


Key Project Attributes:

  • Once operational, the 300 MW Palo Alto West Wind Project will produce enough power for approximately 90,000 Texas homes.
  • The project will only take a small amount of acreage (1% to 2%) out of service, including land for roads, turbine foundations, and maintenance buildings.
  • The project is a very energetic wind development site located near the Texas Coastal Bend.
  • Once fully developed, the project will pay approximately $3 million a year in total annual landowner payments.
  • The project will utilize significant local labor and materials for its construction and operations and will generate significant economic benefits to the local community.
  • The project is expected to have no material effect on any threatened and endangered species of birds or animals based on third party studies commissioned by Tradewind Energy.
  • Once operational, the project will offset approximately 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, 3,000 tons of NOx per year, and 4,300 tons of SO2 per year.