Ribbon Cutting for Pantex Wind Farm

Pantex Renewable Energy Project will serve as the keystone for an ongoing collaboration with Texas Tech University.

WHAT: Partners of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP) will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its wind farm near Amarillo.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday (June 17)

WHERE: Pantex Renewable Energy Project, East of Farm-to-Market 2373, near FM 11, Amarillo, Texas 79108
Please arrive at the ribbon-cutting site by 9:45 a.m. Parking at both sites is limited. See below for driving directions or click here for map.  

EVENT: Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project, which is the largest federally owned wind farm in the country fully financed by industry at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo and part of an existing research partnership with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Production Office (NPO) and Texas Tech University.

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Speakers will include Russell Thomasson, associate vice chancellor for Corporate Engagement at the Texas Tech University System, General Frank Klotz, undersecretary for nuclear security and NNSA administrator, Steve Erhart, manager of the NNSA Production Office, and Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens Government Technologies. A reception will follow at the Services Facility Building 16-12​​.

The NNSA Pantex Plant is the United States’ primary site for assembly, disassembly and maintenance of nuclear weapons. Its function is to meet and support the strategic mission of the Department of Energy (DOE) to enhance nuclear security through defense, nonproliferation and environmental efforts. As part of that effort, the NNSA and DOE are committed to exploring more renewable energy sources.

NNSA recently began construction on what will be the nation’s largest federally owned wind farm utilizing third-party financing. The wind farm is located on 1,500 acres of land adjacent to the plant in Carson County, northeast of Amarillo. The area is rated a 4 according to the Wind Power Classification System, which means it is a good source for wind energy creation. The energy created will provide 100,000 renewable energy credits, and directly supply 60 percent of the annual electricity needed to power the adjacent Pantex plant.

In addition to providing the majority of the electricity for Pantex operations, PREP will serve as the keystone for an ongoing collaboration with Texas Tech to make Pantex a leader in innovation within the wind energy sector. Texas Tech and the NPO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would combine the resources of DOE/NNSA, Pantex and the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech to study ways to create a world-class energy research center at Pantex.

Texas Tech owns 6,000 acres adjacent to the Pantex Plant. It is leased to the DOE/NNSA, serving as a security buffer for the Pantex Plant. It also is in prime position to gather valuable research data from the new PREP wind farm.

Driving directions from Amarillo to Pantex Renewable Energy Project
Take Interstate-40 East approximately 23 miles to FM 2373 (Exit 87). After exiting I-40 bear left and you will come to a stop sign. Turn left onto FM 2373. Go approximately six miles on FM 2373 (you will pass over U.S. Highway 60) and you will see Pantex on the left. Traveling north, drive past Pantex and take the entrance on the right or east side of FM 2373 for the Pantex Renewable Energy Project.

Driving directions from Amarillo to Service Facility Building 16-12
Take I-40 East approximately 23 miles to FM 2373 (Exit 87). After exiting I-40 bear left and you will come to a stop sign. Turn left onto FM 2373. Go approximately six miles on FM 2373 (you will pass over U.S. Highway 60) and you will see Pantex on the left. Take the second entrance and park at the Services Facility Building 16-12​​.​ All invited visitors and contractors must enter the Plant Site via the East Gate, starting with Access Control in the Services Facility Building 16-12. You will be turned away if you approach the West Gate.

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CONTACT:Randy Sanders, associate vice chancellor, Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University System, (806) 742-0057, randy.sanders@ttu.edu.