BP Wind Energy and Sempra US Gas & Power have commenced commercial operations at the 141MW Mehoopany Wind Farm in Pennsylvania, US.

The project was constructed at a total cost of $250m and is located on a 9,000-acre site that lies 20 miles northwest of Scranton.

BP Wind and Sempra are 50:50 joint venture partners in the project that employs 88 of GE’s xle wind turbine generators, each with a rated capacity of 1.6MW.

Commenting on the developments Sempra US Gas & Power president and CEO Jeffrey W. Martin lauded the state for its leadership in providing energy security for the nation.

"This project continues in that proud tradition by harnessing clean, sustainable wind energy that will benefit mid-Atlantic customers for decades to come," said Martin.

BP Wind Energy president and CEO noted, "Today’s announcement is an important milestone that marks yet another success for the BP and Sempra US Gas & Power teams that have worked so hard to deliver this project into full commercial operation."

Electricity generated by the facility will be purchased by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, under long-term power purchase agreements.