Sempra Energy plans to construct a 1.2 GW wind farm on the Sierra de Juarez in Baja California, Mexico, the Baja Times is reporting. The wind farm, which could cover a total surface area of 294 hectares upon completion, will comprise 1,000 wind turbines.
Sempra Energy says it will build the wind farm, which will have a total capacity of between 1,000 MW and 1,200 MW, in four areas in Mexico's Baja California. Jacume, La Rumorosa, Cordillera Molina and Sierra de Juarez, which are located in the municipalities of Mexicali, Tecate and Ensenada, have been chosen for the first stages of this project. The first stage of the project, located north of the village of La Rumorosa, will consist of 52 wind turbines and will cost $300 million to build. In total, Sempra Energy will invest up to $5.5 billion on the entire project.
Once the three remaining stages are constructed, 5.12 hectares of the total allocation of 294 hectares will be used, representing 2 % of the total area. Subsequent phases of the project will be built as new contracts for the supply of power for the U.S. or Mexican market are commissioned.
SOURCE: Baja Times Â