Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Huge Wind Energy Project Opens In Southern California
A new, major wind energy project in Mojave--backed by about $1.2 billion in financing--officially broke ground today, as part of an effort to generate around 1,550 megawatts of renewable energy for Southern California. According to Terra-Gen Power, the wind project will be the world's largest, and is nearly double the capacity of the largest, existing wind energy project. The project is expected to supply enough power to supply 1.1 million people, or around 275,000 homes. The new project is expected to create more than 3,000 domestic manufacturing, construction, and maintenance jobs, many of them in Kern County. Terra-Gen said the Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) project will increase installed wind power in California by 25 percent. Terra-Gen is based in New York and has backing from Arclight Capital Partners and others.