Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, has begun commercial operation of the 150MW Cedro Hill wind project in the southern Texas town of Bruni, located about 40 miles east of Laredo.

EMG has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement from CPS Energy, a municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, for the $300m solar project that will support the local economy with more than $100m in property taxes and payments to local landowners over the next 20 years.

The Cedro Hill wind project featuring 100 1.5MW GE turbines will produce enough power to meet the needs of about 40,000 homes at full capacity and will connect to CPS Energy through the 138kV Lobo-Falfurrias transmission line.

Cedro Hill adds to EMG’s growing portfolio of wind energy projects spanned across 10 US states with a total generating capacity of more than 1,800MW including the 161MW Wildorado Wind Ranch and the 149MW Goat Wind project in Texas.

EMG CEO, Ron Litzinger said that Texas has been an important anchor for the rapid growth of EMG’s renewable energy business and it is pleased to provide this new, clean energy source to the residents and businesses of San Antonio in partnership with CPS Energy.