Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced the Grand Opening of its 324-MW Broadview Wind power facility and associated independent 35-mile 345 kV Western Interconnect transmission line. Broadview Wind, which is located in Texas and New Mexico, about 30 miles north of Clovis, is delivering clean energy to California via Western Interconnect.
“The Broadview Wind Facility is a big investment in Curry County and the whole Pattern team has been impressive to work with. We are thrilled to host such a fantastic project,” said Ben McDaniel, Chair of Curry County Board of Commissioners.
“This innovative facility is generating inexpensive renewable energy in eastern New Mexico and delivering clean power into California — helping that state transition to a carbon-free, low-cost, renewable grid,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy.
During construction, Broadview Wind provided jobs for more than 650 workers during peak construction activity with an average of 350 workers onsite throughout the construction process. Now operational, the facility employs 18 full-time workers with nearly half of those positions being filled by local residents.
“We are especially excited to open this facility because it demonstrates the value of bringing wind power from where it’s created to where it’s needed. We see exciting development opportunities in this area of the country. Pattern Development is actively developing several significant opportunities in New Mexico and the southwest U.S. as part of the region’s increasing demand for low-cost, renewable energy.”
Broadview Wind is expected to contribute more than $30million to the local government and school system over 25 years. Additionally, Broadview Wind has donated $320,000 to the local community, including a $150,000 donation to the Village of Grady, a separate $150,000 donation to the Village of Grady municipal school district, and a $20,000 donation to the Broadview Fire Department.
Broadview Wind interconnects to the Western Interconnect transmission project, a 345-kV transmission line, approximately 35 miles in length. To wheel the output from Broadview Wind to the California Independent System Operator system where it is delivered to Southern California Edison, Broadview Wind has entered into long-term, firm, point-to-point transmission service agreements to move the output through the Western Interconnect, Public Service of New Mexico, and Arizona Public Service transmission systems.
Broadview Wind has entered into two 20-year power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison for sale of 100 percent of the output, up to a total of 297 MW. The facility is limited to 297 MW of injection capacity at Broadview Wind’s transmission interconnection point.
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