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Duke Energy to build Texas wind farms

Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate two large-scale wind farms in south Texas, the company said Thursday.

The two projects, 100 miles west of Brownsville in Starr County, will each have a capacity of 200 megawatts. By Duke’s estimate, that’s enough to power about 120,000 homes.

Construction will begin late this year, with the projects going into service in early 2015 and mid-2016. Two hundred wind turbines will be installed.

Once completed, Duke Renewables will own total wind-energy capacity of 2,000 megawatts, placing it among the top 10 developers in the nation.

Austin Energy will buy the new farms’ output and renewable-energy credits under 25-year agreements. Austin Energy also buys the power from Duke’s wind farm in Willacy and Cameron counties.

Henderson: 704-358-5051; Twitter: @bhender
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