World’s largest wind power project set for Mojave Desert
July 27, 2010
• Terra-Gen Power to build 1,550 megawatt system
• ‘Will create a record-breaking amount of domestic wind energy’
Terra-Gen Power of New York City on Tuesday breaks ground on what it says will be the world’s largest wind power plant.
When completed, the Alta Wind Energy Center, near Mojave in eastern Kern County, which will ultimately harness nearly 600 state-of-the-art wind power turbines, will have the capacity to generate 1,550 megawatts of renewable energy — nearly double the capacity of the largest existing wind energy project and enough to supply power to 1.1 million people, or the equivalent of 275,000 homes, the company says.
The Alta projects will create more than 3,000 domestic manufacturing, construction and operation and maintenance jobs, and contribute more than $1.2 billion to the local economy in Kern County, says Terra-Gen.
Just by itself, the wind center is projected to increase wind industry jobs in California by 20 percent. AWEC will increase the installed wind power capacity in California by 25 percent and conserve more than 888 million gallons of water annually, the company claims.
“AWEC will create a record-breaking amount of domestic wind energy, securing America’s energy independence while protecting our natural resources for future generations,” says Terra-Gen Power CEO Jim Pagano.
"Having the world’s largest wind project break ground in our state is tangible evidence that our pioneering policies are drawing investment, improving the economy and creating jobs now when we need them most," says Gov. Arnold schwarzenegger.