Southern Power’s 118-MW Glass Sands Wind project now operational

Nov. 30, 2021
The facility consists of 28 Vestas wind turbines

The Glass Sands Wind Facility in Murray County, Oklahoma, is now operational.

Wholesale energy firm Southern Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based utility giant Southern Co., announced the start for the 118-MW Glass Sands farm. The facility consists of 28 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas.

The electricity and renewable energy credits from the facility will be sold under a power purchase agreement with Amazon.

“We are pleased to see Glass Sands Wind Facility achieve commercial operation as this facility represents an incredible accomplishment for our employees and partners involved with the project,” said Southern Power President Bill Grantham. “This facility showcases our commitment to the development of wind energy and is an excellent addition to our growing renewable fleet.”

Southern Power acquired Glass Sands Wind Facility from Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America, in December 2020. M. A. Mortenson Company served as the constructor of the site, which created more than 250 jobs at peak construction.

The Glass Sands Wind Facility is Southern Power’s 15th wind facility and its fifth wind facility in Oklahoma. With the addition of this facility, Southern Power’s wind portfolio has expanded to more than 2,534 MW of wind generation. Its renewable fleet is now 4,930 MW, comprising 43 solar and wind facilities.