May 13 (Renewables Now) - Construction has been initiated on a 306-MW wind power complex in New Mexico that will be sited on private and state trust land, developer Avangrid Renewables LLC said on Tuesday.
The subsidiary of Avangrid Inc (NYSE:AGR) will use 35,000 acres (14,200 ha) of state trust land that it won last September in an open bid process, as well as a portion of private land in Torrance County. The La Joya wind park will eventually be equipped with 111 turbines, with 74 of them, totalling 207 MW, to be installed on state trust land.
The entire complex is scheduled to become fully operational by the end of this year. The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) will be the power off-taker.
La Joya is Avangrid Renewables’ second wind park in New Mexico where it already operates the adjacent El Cabo Wind Farm. The 298-MW plant, powered by GE hardware, was brought live at the end of 2017.