Energía Sierra Juárez , the first cross-border wind energy project between Mexico and the U.S., began commercial operations in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, today.
InterGen and IEnova spent approximately USD $300 million for the 155 megawatt (MW) wind generation project consisting of 47 Vestas turbines of 3.3 MW each. The turbines are situated along Baja California´s Sierra de Juarez mountain range, one of the strongest wind resources on the west coast of North America.
Through a 20-year power purchase agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), 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.
“As InterGen celebrates its 20th year in business in 2015, Energía Sierra Juárez represents an important step in our history,” said Neil H. Smith, InterGen’s president and CEO. “The project is our first to generate power from wind, which will provide an important alternative source of renewable energy to southern California. Renewable energy is an expected area of growth for us in the future. We are also committed to expanding our business in Mexico. Our partnership with IEnova is one more successful example of InterGen’s ability to provide energy solutions to our varied customers around the world.”
Carlos Ruiz Sacristan, chairman of the board and CEO of IEnova, said, “Energía Sierra Juárez wind farm is part of IEnova’s commitment with renewable energy projects. This project will contribute to the sustainable development of the cross border region.”
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.