BP America broke ground Wednesday on its first wind project in Texas.

The 60-megawatt, $100 million project, named Silver Star I, is located near Lingleville.

Peter Stricker, vice president of the project development Clipper Windpower said that the name of all windpower turbine projects are named after clipper ships because of their speed. Wind Star was christened in 1856 in Boston.

Tom Wacker, senior vice president of Mortenson Construction, said that preliminary construction began in July with big equipment to begin arriving in October.

BP site manager Chris Booth said that safety is a priority for the project.

It was reported that construction should be completed in the first quarter of 2008. Construction demands will come from local suppliers, and approximately 100 new employees will be needed.

Landowners present were in favor of the project. They feel change is good, and there is a friendly atmosphere among company directors and nearby residents.

Eighty-five percent of the project is owned by BP Alternative Energy and 15 percent by Clipper Windpower.