We told you last month about how T. Boone Pickens, the founder of Mesa Petroleum was talking about building the world’s biggest wind farm. Some great quotes – “You need a giant plan for America. Not the pissant 83 megawatt [windfarm] deals being stamped all over the country. There needs to be a huge plan from someone with leadership. It’s going to take years to do, but it has to start now.” Only then, he explains, can the US stop what he regards as the madness of a flood of money flowing out of America to the oil producers of the Middle East. “That money is going God knows where – a few friends, a lot of enemies. W’ve got to stop it.˜
Today, Pickens announced that Mesa Power, Pickens’ new energy company, has placed an order with General Electric for 667 wind turbines, his first step in what will be a 4 gigawatt wind farm. The 667 turbines cost about $2 billion and will produce about 1,000 megawatts of power, which is enough energy to power about 300,000 houses. GE expects to start delivering the initial order of 667 wind turbines to the Mesa Energy site in the Texas Panhandle beginning in 2010 and continuing into 2011. Pickens plans to have the entire 4 gigawatt farm completed by 2014.