The first cross-border wind generation project between Mexico and the U.S. is now producing power.
The 155 MW Energia Sierra Juarez wind project, powered by 47 Vestas 3.3 MW turbines, is situated along Baja California's Sierra de Juarez mountain range, one of the strongest wind resources on the west coast of North America.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has agreed to buy the output provided by the project over 20 years. The project will interconnect with SDG&E's Southwest Powerlink transmission system east of San Diego via a new cross-border transmission line. The project could also potentially connect to the Mexican power grid.
The project is being jointly developed by Burlington, Mass.-based independent power producer InterGen and by IEnova, a Sempra Energy subsidiary that builds, develops and operates energy projects in Mexico.