Cielo Wind Power History
In 1991, Walt Hornaday founded the Texas Wind Power Company to focus on rebuilding and repairing small wind turbines for farmers, small agricultural businesses and other institutions located in rural Texas. Early successes distinguished the company among utilities and environmental advocates. The early work also provided the wind resource data that currently constitutes one of the most comprehensive and long-term wind data sets available for wind power development in the southwestern United States.
In 1998, Walt Hornaday formed Cielo Wind to organize large scale wind power developments. Cielo Wind and affiliates have developed or co-developed 14 successful wind projects with a combined generating capacity of 1,555 megawatts.
Both the Woodward Mountain Wind Ranch® and the King Mountain Wind Ranch® were the largest operational wind projects in the world when they were put into service. The 80 MW Llano Estacado Wind Ranch® @ White Deer is also unique because construction began in October and operations fully commenced in December of the same year. The entire $80M construction program was executed in just 10 weeks. Projects continue to be developed successfully utilizing Cielo’s proven practices and strong relationships with contractors and suppliers.