What benefits will the project bring?
and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project will have the
wind turbines and electric infrastructure necessary to
reliably and cost-effectively generate approximately 2,500 megawatts of clean, sustainable electricity. It
is situated on land that has some of the best winds in
the state and in the country. The project area has Class
6 and 7 winds, which are the highest wind classes.
Final turbine models have yet to be selected but will range from 2 MW to 3 MW each. The wind project is estimated to produce enough clean electricity to power approximately 1 million households, resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 7 million to 11 million tons per year.
In addition, this wind project will:
- Provide zero-fuel-cost, zero-emissions electricity.
- Support national and regional renewable energy
goals, such as state-mandated Renewable Portfolio
Standards and greenhouse-gas reduction targets.
- Capture and leverage natural resources wisely and
- Create thousands of construction jobs and
an estimated 114 permanent operations and
- Contribute millions in property taxes and sales
and use taxes, among other economic benefits.
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