Energy is big business in Texas. While known for our oil and gas, another big energy play that’s been underway over the last 10-15 years is wind energy. Today, we rode through the two largest onshore wind farm projects in the world.
The Roscoe Wind Farm (RWF), the largest onshore wind farm in the world. It is situated 45 miles northwest of Abilene. RWF is owned and operated by Germany-based E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R). With an installed capacity of 781.5MW, RWF exceeds the capacity of the previously largest Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center (735.5MW) located in Taylor and Nolan counties southwest of Abilene. The RWF plant is situated on 100,000 acres of land, primarily used for cotton farming, stretching into the three counties of Mitchell, Nolan and Scurry. The site is leased from dryland cotton farmers. (Background information sourced from power-technology.com). I’ve seen these blades being trucked down I-20 for years. They are 116’ long!
Quite impressive, though the wind turbines do tend to ruin the skyline of the area. Another large wind farm is near Amarillo and I’ve seen signs there protesting the expansion of wind farms.
I’ve done pretty good on eating right while on the trip. But today, I fell for the locally raised and hand-prepared, chicken fried steak at Buck’s Steak and BBQ in Sweetwater. I opted for the petite portion and was thankful I did, as it was a little difficult to stay awake for the ride afterwards! The wife was not impressed that I selected steamed broccoli and a salad as the sides.
We had to ride a little of the slab today, approximately 40 miles between Sweetwater and Abilene. I think that brings the total slab miles to ~80 out of ~4,200 miles total. I think we took the right roads along the way...
Tomorrow, we make the last leg to our home, Camp Run-a-Muk. I’m already plotting the next adventure.
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