Element Power has started construction on the Macho Springs Wind Farm, located in Luna County, N.M. Construction is expected to be completed in August. The 50 MW wind farm consists of 28 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines.
The project is situated on approximately 1,900 acres of privately owned land. Each of the 28 turbines will be situated on an 80-meter tower, with a rotor diameter of 100 meters. The energy output from the project is contracted to Tucson Electric Power through a long-term power purchase agreement. The project's output will be delivered via El Paso Electric's existing line that runs through the project area.
Construction of the project is expected to involve approximately 150 workers, including electricians, welders, concrete layers, heavy machine operators and general laborers. The process is being managed by Mortenson Construction.
The project is expected to provide over $8 million in revenue to Luna County through the county's taxing authority over the 20-year life of the project. The money will be split between the Luna County School District and Luna County, where it will support public services.
Element Power is also developing a second phase of Macho Springs, located six miles to the north in Sierra County. This phase is also 50 MW and would connect with the grid at the same location. Prior to construction, the company performed a host of environmental studies to ensure the wind farm minimizes impacts to the surrounding landscape and wildlife.
SOURCE: Element Power