Pattern Energy Group LP has secured final approval for its USD-8-billion (EUR 7.38bn) SunZia wind power generation and transmission project in New Mexico and is gearing up to launch construction this summer.
The green light was granted by the US Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management and closes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process is complete, Pattern Energy said on Thursday.
Described as the largest renewable energy infrastructure project in US history, the SunZia project envisages 3,500 MW of new wind generation in Torrance, Lincoln and San Miguel Counties in New Mexico. It comes along with a 550-mile (805 km) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) line capable of transmitting 3,000 MW between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona.
The huge project is expected to be completed in 2026. Pattern Energy recently picked contractors and said the scheme is estimated to generate some USD 20.5 billion in total economic benefit.
"This is a historic day for the advancement of America's clean energy goals as SunZia receives its major federal routing permit, clearing the way to bring online enough renewable power for 3 million Americans," said Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy.
The project’s construction phase will involve more than 2,000 workers. Shell Energy North America (US) LP and the Regents of the University of California will be among the off-takers.
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