Watch the virtual groundbreaking celebration for Western Spirit, New Mexico's largest clean-power investment and one of the largest single-phase renewable power build outs in U.S. history.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pattern Energy held a virtual groundbreaking Wednesday for its Western Spirit Wind Development project in central New Mexico – the largest single wind complex planned to date in North America.
Renewable-energy developer Pattern Energy Group on Jan. 4 said it began construction on the first of four planned New Mexico wind farms and a 150-mile transmission line that will deliver more than 1,050 MW of clean power throughout the Southwest.
Pattern Energy Group LP reached a financial close and started construction of its 1,050-MW Western Spirit Wind Projects after signing agreements with GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services. The full project includes a suite of wind farms, located in Guadalupe, Lincoln and Torrance Counties, N.M., plus a 150-mile, 345-kV transmission line. Pattern Energy and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority are jointly building the transmission line that will be interconnected directly into PNM Resources Inc. subsidiary Public Service Co. of New Mexico's transmission system, Pattern said in a Jan. 4 press release. Pattern said it will acquire and operate the transmission line upon its completion.