If you haven't heard by now, T. Boone Pickens (The King of Takeovers) is planning a huge wind farm in the panhandle of Texas, which would be the largest in the world. Well, he took the first step in that plan today by ordering 667 turbines from GE for about $2 billion (almost $3 million a turbine)...and that's just 25% of the total turbines he plans to purchase. Once built, the wind farm would have the capacity to supply power to over 1,200,000 homes in North Texas, which could be sometime in 2014. Just to check, I plugged in Pampa, Texas (site of wind-farm) into Firstlook to check the average wind speed of the area, which is an impressive 18.6 mph (at a height of 80 meters). Just to compare, at a height of 80 meters, Chicago averages 14.6 mph; San Francisco averages 12.7 mph; Seattle averages 10.6; Albuquerque averages 10.2. Looks as if Mr. Pickens has chosen a pretty good location.
++T. Boone Pickens Plans Power Play With Huge Texas Panhandle Wind Farm [Dallas Morning News]