The Lake Erie Development Company has chosen a division of Houston-based Cavallo Energy to partner with Bechtel Corporation in building the Ohio-based company’s proposed one-gigawatt wind farm. The project will be constructed some ten miles off the lake’s shoreline near Cleveland, Ohio. The initial phase of the wind farm, budgeted at $100 million, will employ five 4-megawatt General Electric turbines to harness Lake Erie’s breezes. The emplacement will be the the first offshore wind farm in U S fresh water. Wind Energy Systems of Texas is on the verge of erecting the first offshore turbine in the U S, a 2.75 MW turbine off Galveston, Texas; the first turbine is slated for construction in late 2010.
Cavallo’s wide-ranging energy interests also include fossil-fuel production in Texas and a $1 billion power transmission line under construction between New Jersey and Manhattan. The company is a subsidiary of Cavallo Capital Partners LLC, a Houston-based private equity firm operated by Phillip Gennarelli and Jeff Anon (founder of Berryhill Baja Grill, a local TexMex chain).
Cavallo also has a stake in a 6-megawatt, $20-million, solar project based in the Mojave Desert near Cantil, California, some fifty miles east of Bakersfield. Cavallo partners with Clear Skies Solar, which owns the 34-acre site. The first phase of the project, a 3-MW photovoltaic array, is currently under construction