Mortenson Construction, a North American renewable energy contractor, was recently selected by San Diego-based developer enXco to build the Pacific Wind Project. Located on the south slope of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County California, the 8,500 acres project will generate 140 MW.
Mortenson will be responsible for the design and construction of access roads, foundations, erection, overhead and underground electrical collection system, and a 14,400-ft2 O&M facility that will support the Pacific Wind Project as well as other enXco projects slated for development in the area. Construction will begin in December 2011, and is expected to be complete in August, 2012.
The Pacific Wind Project is the 19th wind power facility that Mortenson has constructed in partnership with enXco. Together the partnership has provided nearly 2 GW of energy throughout the United States. In early October, Mortenson completed construction of enXco’s 205.5 MW Lakefield Wind Project in southern Minnesota. In Minnesota alone, the enXco – Mortenson partnership has developed and constructed about 36% of the state’s wind energy capacity.
“Our long-established relationship with enXco represents a cohesive partnership that reinforces our commitment to renewable energy though out the United States,” said Tim Maag, a vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups.
Since entering the renewable energy market in 1995, the construction firm has built more than 100 wind projects generating more than 11,000 MW of renewable power across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to wind power, Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups, also construct facilities that generate solar power, biofuels and hydro-electric power.