Wind Power Grows By 315 MWs In San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has been getting into renewable energy in a big way in recent years, as per California’s progressive Renewables Portfolio Standards, and the trend continues with a 20-year power purchase agreement for 315 megawatts (MWs) of wind energy to be generated at Pattern Energy‘s Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility near Ocotillo, California.

This large wind project, approximately 25 miles west of El Centro in the Imperial Valley, will be complete by the end of 2012 (pending government approvals) to coincide with a 2012 in-service date for the 500-kilovolt Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which is currently under construction.

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image via GE

This is SDG&E’s fourth renewable energy contract in the last nine months, totalling 600 MW–half of it solar, half of it wind–planned for transmission across the Sunrise Powerlink.

Tim Kelley, chief executive officer of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, hailed the project as the kind of economic jump start the Imperial Valley needs.  “New construction will generate green energy jobs and help spur additional economic growth in a region known for its vast renewable resource potential,” he said, in a statement.

The project will supply enough electricity at capacity to power more than 130,000 households a year.

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.