$1.2 billion dollars of financing has been finalized for a 3,000 megawatt energy center located north of Los Angeles, at Tehachapi. Terra-Gen Power is the company behind the project. The first phase of the project began construction in March, and is expected to being commercial operations in January 2011. It had already received financing for a 150 megawatt facility. (This phase of the project is using GE turbines.) The $1.2 billion is for the next four phases. Terra-Gen CEO Jim Pagano said about the entire endeavor, “The Alta projects I-V will create more than 1,500 domestic manufacturing, construction and operation and maintenance jobs, and inject more than $600 million into the local economy. ”
1,550 megawatts of the huge project’s wind power output has already been slated to go to Southern California Edison. If completed, the 3,000 megawatt power center would be the largest in the United States. Oregon and Texas currently have the largest wind farms.
Vestas Wind Systems will be supplying 190 3 megawatt turbines for the center. An order for all the turbines was placed recently. It was the largest wind turbine order for a single site for the company. They are actually based in Denmark, but have a Colorado facility with 1,300 employees.
Terra-Gen Power says they currently own 832 megawatts of renewable energy generating projects across the Western United States. The company’s development subsidiaries have another 2,000 MW of wind, geothermal, and solar development projects in the works.
Most of California’s wind turbines are located in just three areas: Altamont east of San Francisco, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio near Palm Springs. You can see current wind power values at this web page.
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