Terra-Gen Power has broken ground on the Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC), located in Kern County, Calif. Once completed, AWEC will have the capacity to generate 1,550 MW of energy through various phases.
Terra-Gen's project will ultimately utilize nearly 600 wind power turbines. Vestas-American Wind Technology will use its facilities in Colorado, which employ over 1,000 people with the intention to hire more, to complete an order for 190 turbines.
‘Having the world's largest wind project break ground in our state is tangible evidence that our pioneering policies are drawing investment, improving the economy and creating jobs now when we need them most,’ said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., in a statement.
The Alta projects are expected to create more than 3,000 domestic manufacturing, construction and operation and maintenance jobs, and contribute more than $1.2 billion to the local economy in Kern County.
SOURCE: Terra-Gen Power