Mexico Wind Farm to Provide Power for California Households
The Cannon Power Group, a wind farm developer based in San Diego, has signed a 10-year exclusive contract with the Gamesa, a leading wind turbine manufacturer from Spain, to build and maintain utility scale wind farms. These wind farms will be located in Mexico's Baja region but provide power for California households. The site will cover 140 square miles of land that is 60 miles south of San Diego, chosen because the wind traditionally rises in the afternoon and early evening, just when peak electricity use goes up. The facility is expected to generate 500 megawatts by 2015, and should produce 1,000 megawatts of power when it reaches its full capacity.
The facility's ground breaking will be later this year and will take three to four years to build. Gamesa's turbines will be manufactured at their factories in Pennsylvania and will employ 1,000 US workers. The president and managing director for Cannon Power Group, Gary Hardke, commented that "this will be a win-win for Mexico and the United States. We envision this as a major cross-border project that can stimulate the region’s economy and provide enough clean energy for over 250,000 households.”