Imperial County, California
|Commercial Operation||2012 / 2013|
|Facility Megawatt Capacity||265|
gallons of water conserved
metric tons of CO2 avoided
*Offset metrics are based on comparison with region coal fleet emissions when available or average US coal fleet
Ocotillo Wind is a 265 MW facility located on 12,500 acres in California’s Imperial Valley. The facility is named for the Ocotillo plant, which resembles a cactus and is native to the area.
More than $500 million will be invested in the Imperial Valley over the lifetime of the facility. Over 350 workers contributed to Ocotillo Wind’s construction, and today 20 professionals manage its operations.
The facility helps to meet the community’s goals through three funds: the Ocotillo Wind Community Fund, the Ocotillo Wind Education Fund, and the Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund. Together these funds support initiatives to improve the local community and quality of life for residents through community events and revitalization projects. Specifically, monies are funneled to support civic engagement, academics, vocational and life skills education, health, wellness, and preparedness.
The facility is located on public lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, with a small portion on lands under the jurisdiction of Imperial County.
Annually the facility power output equals the needs of approximately 125,000 southern California homes. Compared to coal-fired generation, Ocotillo Wind offsets the carbon dioxide equivalent of 104,000 cars and conserves enough water to meet the needs of 11,850 people.
Ocotillo Wind consists of 112 American-made Siemens 2.37 MW turbines. Commercial operations for the first 223 MW commenced in 2012, and the remaining 42 MW of capacity reached operations in July 2013. It is the first wind energy project to connect to the Sunrise Power Link transmission line, helping harness the abundant renewable resources of the Imperial Valley to meet California's clean energy goals.
The project sells 100% of its electricity generation, including capacity and environmental attributes, to San Diego Gas & Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement.