world’s largest wind power project
US-based renewable energy firm Terra-Gen broke ground for the Alta Wind Energy Center, considered to be the world’s largest wind project, in Tehachapi Pass, California. The Alta Wind Energy Center (AWEC) is expected to reach a maximum generating capacity of 1,550 megawatts. The wind farm will consist of around 300 turbines. The AWEC will be nearly twice the size of the largest wind farm in operation and will produce enough clean energy to meet the demands of 275,000 homes. The project will be developed over a 9,000 acre area in the Tehachapi Pass located in Mojave Desert. The environmental benefits would be equivalent to taking off 446,000 cars from the road. The development is expected to create more than 3,000 manufacturing, construction and maintenance jobs and contribute more than a million dollars to local economy. Jobs will also be created in Colorado where turbine manufacturer Vestas American Wind Technology will work on an order of 190 turbines for the Alta Wind Energy Center. Terra-Gen recently closed a financing deal for the project with several banks including Citibank, Barclay’s Capital and Credit Suisse. The deal is worth $1.2 billion.