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Desert wind power brought online in Tucson

 Posted by on November 9, 2011
Nov 092011
 

From Green Right Now Reports

Solar power has great potential in the desert. But don’t count out wind.

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) tapped a pocket of high winds in Deming, New Mexico for a 28-turbine wind farm that will sending power to nearby Tucson.

The 50 Megawatt project, which is online and celebrating with a ribbon cutting today, has the capacity to power 14,000 homes. That’s a relatively modest addition to the grid, but it is cost effective and helps diversify the portfolio for TEP, said David Hutchens, executive vice president of TEP and parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation.

The Macho Springs Wind Farm, as its called, has contracted to provide energy for the next 20 years, via its Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines, installed on a swath of ranch land which enjoys strong, steady winds. It was developed by Element Power.
Tucson Electric Power, which provides power to 400,000 customers in Tucson, has previously brought 30 Megawatts of solar power online.