Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure and Power strategy and Apex Clean Energy announced today that Aviator Wind East, an approximately 200 MW portion of the 525 MW Aviator Wind project located in Coke County, Texas, has executed a renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) with Facebook. Aviator Wind will be the largest single-phase wind project in ERCOT and the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States.
Aviator Wind, developed by Apex and owned by funds managed by Ares Infrastructure and Power, demonstrates the significance of corporate leadership in facilitating clean energy solutions at scale.
Aviator Wind East, which will be operational in 2020, will help support Facebook’s operations in the region. The contract will help the tech company—the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in 2018—reach its goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and support 100% of its operations with renewable energy in 2020. Facebook’s portion of the Aviator Wind project will be 199.76 MW.
Aviator Wind is Ares Infrastructure and Power’s eleventh wind investment, which collectively represent 4 GW of power generation, and is a continuation of Apex’s strong partnership with Ares Infrastructure and Power. Apex Clean Energy will provide both construction and asset management services for the project.
An additional unnamed corporate power purchase agreement for the majority of the balance of Aviator Wind, known as Aviator Wind West, will be announced at a later date.