British firm BP has increased its wind power generation capacity by 8.9% in the first quarter of this year.

The company’s net wind energy capacity at the end of the first quarter was 774MW (1,362MW gross), compared with 711MW (1,237MW gross) at the end of the same period a year ago.

BP has also begun the construction of its 150MW Sherbino 2 wind farm located approximately 40 miles east of Fort Stockton in west Texas, US.

Located on a 20,000-acre site in Pecos County, the wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 45,000 average American homes.

The company made a capital expenditure of $390m on wind turbines for future projects in the fourth quarter of 2010.

BP Wind Energy is a principal owner and operator of wind power facilities with interests in 10 operating wind farms in the US, and has a gross generating capacity of more than 1,300MW.