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.
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.