Developer EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, says the 250 MW Roosevelt wind project, located within New Mexico’s Roosevelt County, reached commercial operations on Dec. 15.
The project, situated roughly 18 miles southwest of Portales, commenced construction of 125 Vestas 2 MW turbines in January 2015. Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. will purchase the electricity generated pursuant to a 20-year, fixed-price power purchase agreement.
EDF RE says the facility will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 138,000 average New Mexico homes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As a result, this project will prevent approximately 725,000 metric tons of new greenhouse gas emissions per year – the equivalent of the annual emissions from approximately 150,000 passenger vehicles.
Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of EDF RE, notes that this project is the company’s “first facility in the business-friendly state of New Mexico.” EDF RE says it has developed 7.6 GW of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.