Spinning Spur

Project Detail

Spinning Spur

The 161 MW Spinning Spur Wind Project, consisting of 70 Siemans 2.3 MW turbines, marks EDF Renewable Energy's first wind development in Texas.  The project spans 28,426 acres in Oldham County, Texas, approximately 30 miles west of Amarillo.  EDF Renewable Energy acquired the development assets of Spinning Spur from Cielo Wind Power in January 2012.  Construction began in June 2012 and the project was declared operational in December 2012.  Cielo Wind Power participated with EDF Renewable Energy in the construction management of Spinning Spur, with Wanzek Construction Inc. acting as EPC.

The electricity generated will be sold to Southwestern Public Service Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy, in a previously executed 15 year Power Purchase Agreement. 

Spinning Spur will deliver the long-term pollution free wind energy to Southwestern Public Service Company and trigger significant economic development through the creation of both Texas and New Mexico based construction and long-term operations & maintenance jobs.

EDF Renewable Services will provide the balance-of-plant during the turbine warranty period and long-term operations & maintenance services post-warranty.


Developer, Owner, Operator:
Cielo Wind Power/EDF Renewable Services
Operation & Maintenance:
EDF Renewable Services
Turbine Manufacturer:
System Size:
161 MW
General Contractor:
Wanzek Construction
Power Purchaser:
Southwestern Public Service Company
Start of Construction:
June, 2012
Date of Operation:
December, 2012
Rotor Diameter:
101m/ 108m
Rotor Blade Length:
49m/ 53m
Hub Height:
Blade Type:
SWT 2.3 - 101/108
Avoided Emissions:
369,558 Metric Tons of CO2
72,462 cars;electricity use of 46,080 homes; 41,430,297 gallons of gasoline