EDF Renewables North America has entered a build and transfer agreement (BTA) with US-based electric utility company Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to develop the 247.4MW Oso Grande Wind Project in southeastern New Mexico.
According to the agreement, EDF Renewables has agreed to build the project and manage the construction process on behalf of TEP.
EDF Renewables Grid-Scale Power executive vice-president Ryan Pfaff said: “EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with TEP to supply cost-competitive, renewable energy to its customers from the Oso Grande Wind Project.
“We look forward to assisting TEP in meeting its clean energy goals by completing Oso Grande in the second half of 2020.”
The Oso Grande Wind Project will feature 61 wind turbines and the clean energy generated from the turbines will be delivered to Tucson through existing transmission lines that connect to TEP’s transmission system in eastern Arizona.
TEP president and CEO David G Hutchens said: “This cost-effective system will become TEP’s largest renewable energy resource, accelerating our progress toward our clean energy goals while allowing us to help customers achieve their own sustainability objectives.”
Construction works at the site are expected to begin later this year, and the windfarm is expected to become operational by 2020.
Upon completion, the project is expected to increase TEP’s renewable energy production to more than 28% of its retail sales. Electricity produced by the Oso Grande facility will be sufficient to meet power requirements of nearly 100,000 homes in the region, apart from eliminating nearly 688,000mt of carbon emissions annually.