Using the wind to light up America

Texas wind farm can power 120,000 homes

Duke Energy’s 20 wind farms across the United States can produce more than 2,000 megawatts of electricity – enough to power about 600,000 homes.

In addition to producing clean energy and reducing the country’s dependence on conventional power sources, wind projects create jobs and provide tax revenue and steady supplemental income for landowners. Duke’s Los Vientos I and II wind farms in Willacy County, Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican border, can generate a maximum of about 402 megawatts, enough to power about 120,000 homes. 

Nationwide, 1,000 utility-scale wind farms generate nearly 68,000 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association. More than 49,000 wind turbines are installed in 39 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than $4 billion in new wind and solar power farms.