Wind is expected to create hundreds of jobs for New Mexicans during construction of the 221-MW Grady Wind project, in Curry County. Wind developer, Pattern Development recently joined supporters and project investors to recognize the economic benefits of the state’s growing wind industry.
Grady Wind is expected to deliver many financial benefits, including land lease payments to local landowners and a new tax base for the host communities of eastern New Mexico.
“The Pattern Development team is excited to continue helping New Mexico become a western regional leader in the wind energy industry,” said Adam Renz, External Affairs and Government Relations specialist. “The Grady Wind facility represents an important step in New Mexico’s evolution as a major renewable energy producer. As wind and solar energy development grows, New Mexicans will reap the economic benefits.”
Once in operation, the Grady Wind facility will provide enough clean energy to power nearly 90,000 homes each year. Currently, the solar and wind energy industries employ more than 5,500 in-state workers. Of these, between 3,000 and 4,000 are employed by the wind industry, either directly or indirectly.
Pattern Development’s affiliate Pattern Energy will own and operate the Grady Wind facility, along with the neighboring 324-MW Broadview Wind facilities.