A New Wind Farm Develops In New Mexico

Element Power recently announced that it has started construction on the 50-megawatt (MW) capacity Macho Springs Wind Farm planned for Luna County, New Mexico, approximately 20 miles northeast of Deming.

This wind farm–situated on approximately 1,900 acres of privately owned land and consisting of 28 Vestas V100-1.8 MW-capacity wind turbines–is expected to generate enough energy for more than 20,000 homes. Customers served through Tucson Electric Power will benefit from this power, via a long-term power purchase agreement.

Element Power

image via Element Power

This project represents part one of Element Power’s Macho Springs wind farm project, which is expected to include a a second phase located 6 miles to the north in Sierra County. This second phase will also be designed to 50 MW-capacity and, like Phase I, will connect with the grid via the existing El Paso Electric line that runs through the area.

Phase I of the Macho Springs Wind Farm is expected to provide over $8 million in revenue to Luna County through the County’s taxing authority over its 20 year lifespan–with funding split between the Luna County School District and Luna County–for the support of public services.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Rabarnes

      This facility will produce about 15 aMW a year (50 x a powerfactor of.3) – that doesn’t come anywhere near providing power for 20,000 homes.

      • Jim Moses

         Yes it does.

      • Pete Danko

        At a capacity factor of 30 percent you’d get around 16,600 homes (average N.M. household uses 7,906 kWh/year. Kick that capacity factor up to 36 percent and you’re at 20,000 homes. Don’t know enough about the site to know if that’s likely or not.

        state house energy use data:
        http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/xls/table5_a.xls