A tour of the Buffalo Gap Wind Farm during an interview with Siemens Wind Energy
The Buffalo Gap Wind Farm is located in Nolan and Taylor Counties, about 20 miles (30 km) south west of Abilene, Texas. It was constructed in three phases and has a total wind generation capacity of 524 megawatts (MW).
Buffalo Gap 1 consists of 67 Vestas V-80 wind turbines, each rated at 1.8 MW, for a total capcity of 120.6 MW. The wind farm was developed by SeaWest WindPower and is currently owned by AES Wind Generation. The power is sold to Direct Energy Texas under a 15-year power purchase agreement.
Buffalo Gap 2 is a 232.5 MW expansion consisting of 155 GE wind turbines, each rated at 1.5 MW. The facility was developed by AES Wind Generation and went into commercial operation in June 2007. The power is sold to Direct Energy under a 10-year power purchase agreement.
Buffalo Gap 3 is a 170 MW addition, completed in September 2008, consisting of 74 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines.[