Innergex is pleased to present the Griffin Trail Wind Project, a 225 megawatt (MW) wind farm located in Knox and Baylor Counties, near the community of Vera in north-west Texas.
Griffin Trail will be sited on approximately 26,000 acres of land and consist of 80 2.8 MW GE wind turbines with an annual power generation of about 800,000 MWh. The power generated will be fed into the ERCOT transmission grid.
The Project will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 57,000 Texan households annually with clean, renewable energy.
Our passion to produce renewable energy stems from our profound belief that we can all make a difference in making the world a better place for future generations. At Innergex, environmental sustainability is a key part of our development strategy. We are driven by the belief that what we do matters as much as how we do it by developing projects that avoid, minimize, mitigate or offset the impacts on the surrounding area.
Innergex takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, and our facilities are developed and operated with strict adherence to environmental codes and best practices. This commitment explains why we conduct multiple surveys and studies of the surrounding environment in preparation for developing a project and we continue those efforts throughout the lifetime of the facility. We do so while abiding by all County, State and Federal regulations that apply to a project of this nature.
We have consulted with the local community to locate turbines at a distance from the Brazos River in order to eliminate any potential negative impacts and preserve scenic landscapes. Furthermore, as wind farms do not consume water to generate power, there is no impact on availability or quality of local water supplies.
Innergex has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) regarding airspace usage. While we prepare financing for the project, we are finalizing the interconnection agreement with Electric Transmission Texas, LLC. Once finalized, we can start the construction of our substation east of the junction of U.S. Route 82 and FM267, adjacent to ETT’s new 345 kV switchyard that will act as point of interconnection with the grid.
Some of the environmental studies/assessments we have undertaken to date are:
- Site Characterization Study & Field Verification (completed July 2020)
- Hydrology Study (2019)
- Geotechnical Study (2020)
- Wetlands and Waters of the U.S. (2020)
- Biological Resource Studies
- Avian Point Count Surveys (2018 & 2019)
- Eagle Surveys (2018)
- Aerial Raptor Nest Surveys (2018)
- Acoustic Bat Monitoring (2018)
- Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy (2020)
Community and Project Benefits
Being a good neighbor is a priority for Innergex. When developing a renewable energy project, Innergex has a successful track record of local hire and bringing direct and indirect benefits to the community. We expect the Griffin Trail Wind Project to bring significant and long-term economic benefits to the local and broader community.
Local Revenue Generator. Knox County and Hospital, as well as the Benjamin and Seymour Independent School Districts, will receive nearly $66 million in tax revenues over the project’s initial lifetime. These contractual annuity payments will help diversify and sustain the region’s economy during economic downturns.
Furthermore, landowners participating in the project will receive direct compensation in the form of long-term lease payments which provides a stable source of income which can help protect farms and ranches from market fluctuations and allows for reinvestment in their businesses.
An Opportunity for Workforce and Local Business. Construction and operation phases will create new employment opportunities, as well as the use of local resources and contractors. Preference is given to retaining local persons, consultants, businesses and contractors throughout the life of the project, maximizing the investment in Texas and the local community in an ever-expanding renewable energy sector in the state.
We estimate creating 200-250 jobs during the peak construction period. These jobs are expected to contribute significantly in construction and installation labor as well as related services. Once the project starts operating, a team of 6-8 employees will maintain the turbines over the life of the project. Job opportunities will be posted in the community when available.
Experience and Capacity. As a reputable and experienced company, Innergex brings necessary resources, capital, and expertise in the field of renewable wind energy. As captured in our core values, we engage with communities as a long-term community partner for the life of the project.
Complimentary Land Use. Wind farms and farming activities co-exist in harmony around the world, allowing farmers and ranchers to continue using the majority of their land for traditional uses while supplementing their income with stable revenues. During operations, at least 95% of the land will remain available for traditional uses.
Sponsorships and Donations. As we get to know your community, we are committed to finding ways to support events and causes that are important to the local area and aligned with Innergex values.
Community Outreach and Engagement
With its sustainable approach to renewable energy projects, Innergex engages with surrounding communities and seeks their input to build projects that are welcomed and accepted by a majority of people.
Throughout the life of the project, we endeavor to be a good neighbor. That means engaging with the local community, sharing information on a continual basis, and listening to concerns. We have, and will continue to achieve this, by focusing on one-on-one meetings, phone calls, hosting community information sessions (open houses), and ensuring that all communication tools are employed to reach the members of our host community.
Do you want to be part of this project? Do you possess skills or experience in the construction industry, maybe specifically in the Wind Power industry? We are hiring!
Innergex works with Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor Blattner Energy Inc., an experienced American company with strong presence in Texas. They maintain a list of open positions and are accepting applications for the Griffin Trail construction that will start in summer 2020.
Send your resume to email@example.com mentioning Griffin Trail Wind in the subject line. All applications will receive feedback on their status.
More information at: http://blattnerenergy.com/job-opportunities/
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Griffin Trail Wind Project?
The Griffin Trail Wind Project a is 225 MW wind farm located in Knox County, in north-west Texas. It will be sited on approximately 26,000 acres of land and consist of 80 GE wind turbines with an annual power generation of about 800,000 MWh. The power generated will be fed into the ERCOT power grid.
Who is Innergex?
For 30 years, Innergex has believed in a world where abundant renewable energy promotes healthier communities and creates shared prosperity. As an independent renewable power producer which develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar farms, Innergex is convinced that generating power from renewable sources will lead the way to a better world. Innergex conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile.
How will the community benefit from the Griffin Trail Wind Project?
Knox County and Hospital, as well as the Benjamin and Seymour Independent School Districts, will receive nearly $66 million in tax revenues over the project’s initial lifetime. Landowners participating in the project will receive direct compensation in the form of long-term lease payments. In keeping with Innergex’s core values, preference will be given to local suppliers and contractors throughout the development of the project. The project will also contribute to local organizations, community projects and events throughout the life of the project through its sponsorship and donation program. More information.
Who is funding the Griffin Trail Wind Project?
Innergex will be responsible for 100% of the development, construction, and start-up costs. After completion, Innergex will also be responsible for all operational and maintenance costs.
What is the timeline for the Project?
Innergex is expecting to begin construction activities in August 2020 and bring the project to completion by June 2021.
How long will Griffin Trail be in operation?
Operation of a Wind Farm can vary according to commercial and technical considerations, but the typical lifecycle is 30 years. Projects can be extended before they reach the end of their initially-planned lifecycle, or can be decommissioned.
How will the project be decommissioned?
As part of the decommissioning of a typical wind project after its useful lifecycle (between 25-35 years), any and all components associated with the project would be removed and the area would be restored to meet the natural environment surrounding it. Decommissioning criteria include consideration of local environmental factors to minimize effects such as erosion during the removal process, and the recycling of all possible materials demolished or removed from the site.
Reuse or recycling of materials would be prioritized over disposal. If any materials need replacing before the facility end-of-life, Innergex would seek the most environmentally responsible route for reuse, recycling or disposal.
About Wind Generation
At the top of the tower sits the rotor, the main components of which are the blades. The blades are attached to a horizontal shaft connected to a generator inside the nacelle. When the wind blows it turns the blades, and the rotation generates electricity: as they turn, the blades activate a gearbox in the nacelle that runs the generator. The electricity produced is transmitted to a step-up station and then delivered to consumers through the grid.
The amount of energy produced depends on three main factors: wind speed, air density and the area swept by the blades. Wind turbines produce no atmospheric emissions, no harmful waste nor any other type of air or water pollution. And the noise produced by a wind turbine, as measured outdoors close to nearby homes, is no more than 40 dB, which is equivalent to the hum in a library. Unlike thermal forms of power generation, wind turbines do not consume water to generate electricity.
To download the Griffin Trail Handout
To download Open House Poster Boards
To watch the August 6, 2020 Virtual Open House
We know that successful renewable energy projects are developed with the input and support of local communities. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on this project.