Western Spirit Wind projects open in New Mexico

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Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) recently announced the grand opening of its Western Spirit Wind power facilities, comprised of four wind-power projects in Guadalupe, Lincoln, and Torrance counties in central New Mexico, totaling more than 1,050 MW of clean-power capacity, enough to meet the electricity needs of 900,000 Americans each year.

Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit Wind facility in New Mexico. (Courtesy: Pattern Energy)

“This project is doing it all: creating good-paying jobs, providing clean power to New Mexico and beyond, and cutting emissions from the energy sector,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “New Mexico is leading the pack – nationally and globally – in the renewable-energy space. At the state level, at the county level, at the city level, at the village level, New Mexico is all in on the economic and environmental benefits this industry provides.”

Western Spirit Wind will provide clean, renewable energy to California and New Mexico. The four wind-power facilities that comprise Western Spirit Wind use 377 GE wind turbines ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 MW in size. The GE turbines use various tower heights to optimize the wind capture at each facility.

The wind project and accompanying transmission line involved about 1,500 workers on-site during peak construction, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, laborers, and others. More than 50 workers will operate and maintain the Western Spirit Wind facilities in New Mexico.

“The Western Spirit Transmission Line literally rewrote the energy landscape in New Mexico — allowing us to build four new utility-scale wind projects in central and eastern New Mexico that make up the largest single-phase wind project in all of North America,” said New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich. “I was proud to support this project every step of the way.”

“The largest wind-power project in the entire country is now producing strong benefits for the state of New Mexico, including millions of dollars in tax revenue to local counties and school districts,” said Mike Garland, Pattern Energy CEO. “This is just the beginning. We have committed to $6 billion in upcoming wind energy and related infrastructure projects in New Mexico over the next decade, putting thousands of people to work. Together, we are building a cleaner and more sustainable future.”

“If we’re going to make this decade one of exponential climate action, we need more than just bold goals and lofty long-term promises — we need real solutions and results today,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Bringing this state-of-the-art facility online makes it our largest wind project to date — providing clean energy for hundreds of thousands of Angelenos and bringing us one major step closer to becoming a city powered without fossil fuels.”

“The energy we receive from Western Spirit will power 186,000 San José homes annually with clean, pollution-free electricity for the next 15 years,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I’m proud that San José Clean Energy is helping invest in California’s renewable energy future so we can leave a more livable planet to future generations.”

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