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January 7, 2022

Pattern Energy begins operations at New Mexico wind projects

Clean energy generated by Western Spirit Wind projects will be supplied to California and New Mexico.

US-based renewable energy firm Pattern Energy Group has completed and begun commercial operations at its Western Spirit Wind suite of power projects in New Mexico.

With more than 1GW of capacity, the Western Spirit Wind suite comprises four wind facilities located in Guadalupe, Lincoln and Torrance Counties respectively.

When combined, the four wind facilities feature 377 GE wind turbines, each ranging between 2.3MW and 2.8MW in capacity.

Construction engineering company Blattner Energy served as the construction contractor for the projects.

Clean energy generated by the four wind farms will be supplied to California and New Mexico under power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San José Clean Energy, East Bay Community Energy, California Choice Energy Authority and member cities.

The renewable energy will also be supplied to energy company Uniper Global Commodities under a PPA signed last year.

In addition, the project will supply power to New Mexico municipalities through the Uniper Global Commodities PPA.

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said: “Western Spirit Wind is a groundbreaking megaproject that demonstrates large-scale renewables can be developed and built in the US.

“Western Spirit brought more than 1,100 construction jobs to New Mexico, generated local spending, tax revenue and landowner payments in a remote area of New Mexico, and is now delivering enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of more than 900,000 Americans.

“This is just the beginning for New Mexico – Pattern Energy has committed to $6bn in upcoming wind energy and related infrastructure projects in the state over the next decade.

“Together, we are building a cleaner and more sustainable future in New Mexico.”

Last month, New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) and Pattern Energy completed the 155-mile Western Spirit Transmission line, allowing the Western Spirit Wind projects to be connected to the regional electricity grid.

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