Ocotillo Wind

Imperial County, California

Ocotillo Wind is the first renewable energy project to transmit power over the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line that connects San Diego with the Imperial Valley.

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  • The 265 MW facility utilizes 112 American-made 2.3 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with towers manufactured in California, blades in Iowa, and nacelles in Kansas. The purchase of the wind turbines generated more than $20 million in sales tax revenue for Imperial County and the state.

  • Ocotillo Wind is near the towns of Ocotillo and No Mirage on public land administered by the United States Bureau of Land Management and a small portion under the jurisdiction of Imperial County. 

  • Over the first 20 years of operations, Ocotillo Wind expects to generate more than $100 million for local taxing jurisdictions, with Imperial County, Imperial Valley College, and the Imperial Unified School District being significant beneficiaries.

Ocotillo Wind partners with the Imperial Valley Community Foundation (IVCF) to contribute millions of dollars to support community, cultural, environmental, and youth causes. The IVCF administers grant processes for the Ocotillo Wind Education Fund and Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund. An advisory committee of Ocotillo and No Mirage residents guides the implementation of the Ocotillo Wind Community Fund.

We place great importance on being an active part of the communities where we have a presence. 

Please let us know if you have suggestions for sponsorships and local causes we can support or if your group would like a presentation about wind energy.

The facility was carefully sited to not directly impact cultural resources while harnessing the unique wind resource to help meet California’s clean energy goals. The California Association of Environmental Professionals honored Ocotillo Wind with its award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis and Documentation in 2013, finding that the environmental review analysis was rigorous and included an extensive public outreach program and complex multi-agency approval process. 

Project construction involved subcontractors and suppliers from across the local region and entailed more than 350 workers during peak activity. Twenty full-time on-site personnel operate and maintain the site, in addition to the use of contractors and seasonal workers.

The facility generates electricity equal to the needs of approximately 300,000 Californians each year and sells its energy to San Diego Gas & Electric through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. 

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1377 West Imperial Highway
Ocotillo, CA 92259

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