Sempra Purchases Wind Farm Property in Tecate

EDITOR NOTE: Apparently Mexico already has more than 6k megawatts of operable wind farms throughout the country. Last year alone the private sector (backed by international investors) installed 10 new power plants, a new record. As long as policy and good practice hold out, and private land is compensated for fairly, there is a push to install more than 15 thousand megawatt wind farms by 2024, all over Mexico.

Sempra Energy’s subsidiary in Mexico has acquired full ownership of a cross-border wind farm along the Sierra de Juarez mountain range, in Tecate, Baja California for about $80 million.

Called Energía Sierra Juárez, the complex consists of 47 wind turbines with a capacity to generate 155 megawatts of electricity. Construction is under way to add another 108 megawatts of installed capacity at the site, considered one of the most promising locations on the North American West Coast for wind energy.

Opened in June 2015, Energía Sierra Juárez had been operated jointly by Saavi Energía and IEnova, a Sempra subsidiary. IEnova in February received the necessary approvals to buy out Saavi’s 50 percent ownership stake, and the acquisition closed March 19.

Via a new cross-border transmission line, Energía Sierra Juárez interconnects with the Southwest Powerlink at San Diego Gas and Electric’s East County substation.

IEnova already operates the Ventika wind farm in the state of Nueva Léon. With 84 individual turbines and an installed capacity of 252 megawatts, Ventika is one of the largest wind generation complexes in Latin America.

Originally posted on San Diego Union Tribune

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