New Mexico's newest wind farm, the 220-MW Grady Wind Facility in Curry County, began operation Sept. 4 according to a press release from San Francisco-based Pattern Development, an affiliate of Pattern Energy, which is likely to acquire the facility. Grady completes a 544-MW suite of New Mexico wind projects for the company. The neighboring 324-MW Broadview Wind Farm, owned and operated by Pattern Energy, has been selling power to Southern California Edison since it began operation in June 2017.
Pattern Energy also owns the 35-mile, 345-kV AC Western Interconnect transmission line, which began operation in 2017 to deliver power from Broadview and will now carry power from both wind facilities in the eastern part of the state to California customers.
"The successful completion of Grady Wind represents an important step in New Mexico's evolution as a major renewable energy producer," Pattern CEO Mike Garland said in the release. The company plans to "ramp up construction in early 2020 on more than 800 MW of new wind facilities in central New Mexico," he added.
Grady uses a total of 84 Siemens Gamesa 2.625-MW wind turbines with 120-meter rotors. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has signed a 25-year power-purchase agreement for 100 percent of the facility's output.