Eighty seven turbines spread out among thousands of acres in San Patricio County are almost ready to begin generating electricity. When Phase 2 of E.ON Climate and Renewables’ Papalote II wind farm starts spinning before the end of the year, it will provide enough clean energy to power 45,000 homes, said E.ON Chief Executive Officer Steve Trenholm.

Trenholm and dozens of workers and others were gathered at the company’s office south of Taft Thursday afternoon to mark the completion of major construction. Taft residents were invited to an appreciation carnival. Phase 1 of the project started producing power in October 2009. It produces 179.85 megawatts annually, enough to power about 54,000 homes. With the addition of Phase 2’s 87 turbines, the total project produces roughly 380 megawatts, enough to power nearly 110,000 homes.

Though the wind power is generated here, it flows through lines to San Antonio and Central Texas. E.ON has long term contracts with the Lower Colorado River Authority, which provides power for 43 public power utilities in Central Texas and CPS Energy, a city of San Antonio utility provider.

San Patricio County Judge Terry Simpson said the county’s residents have realized and will continue to realize huge economic benefits from the wind farm. Read more about Papalote II