Pattern Energy Group 2 (Pattern Development) has started operations on its 220MW Grady Wind power facility in New Mexico.
Located in Curry County, Grady Wind is the third and final phase of a 544MW wind facility. It’s completion marks the conclusion of New Mexico’s largest clean power investment.
Equipped with 84 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with 2.6MW capacity, the wind facility is expected to generate enough clean energy sufficient to power nearly 90,000 homes in the region.
The power generated by Grady Wind will be supplied to the Western Interconnect transmission line under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
The Western Interconnect transmission line was also developed and placed into service in 2017 by Pattern Development.
Pattern Development CEO Mike Garland said: “The successful completion of Grady Wind represents an important step in New Mexico’s evolution as a major renewable energy producer. As the leading wind developer and operator in New Mexico, we are proud to be helping position New Mexico as a wind energy leader.
“We also plan to ramp up construction in early 2020 on more than 800MW of new wind facilities in central New Mexico, creating hundreds of new construction jobs and generating billions of dollars in economic impact.
“As wind and solar energy development grow throughout the state, New Mexicans will reap the economic benefits.”
The facility is currently delivering economic benefits to the region in the form of land lease payments to local landowners and tax revenue for the host communities of eastern New Mexico.
Grady Wind employs nearly 20 full-time members to manage the maintenance and operations activities of the facility. Pattern Energy will operate the Grady Wind facility, along with the neighbouring 324MW Broadview Wind facilities.