A huge 3-GW wind project planned for outside of Los Angeles has received a boost in funding and is now on track to be operational by next year. The Alta Wind Energy Center will be the largest wind project in the country, capable of powering 600,000 Southern California homes.
Terra-Gen Power LLC, the company building the project consisting of five separate wind farms, just secured $1.2 billion in funding, which has kicked construction into high gear. The project just broke ground today in the Mojave Desert foothills, just 75 miles north of Los Angeles. The first phase, which will produce about 570 MW, should be up and running by next year, while the full project will be completed in about a decade.
Southern California Edison has already committed to 1,550 MW of electricity produced by the project over 25 years. Just that slice of energy is twice the capacity of the largest existing wind farm, a 735-MW one in Texas.
via LA Times
written by Steven J. Scannell, August 05, 2010
written by Zoe, August 05, 2010
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