New Mexico is home to one of the strongest wind resources in the country and is poised to take advantage of this growing industry. The Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report projects that New Mexico could provide enough wind energy by 2030 to power the equivalent of 1.9 million homes. Nationwide, wind energy was the largest source of new generation in 2015, and wind energy is now one of the most cost-effective sources of new generation, competing with new installations of coal, gas and nuclear power.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm is projected be as large as 1,000 megawatts (MW), which is enough clean energy to power over half a million homes each year.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm will directly create more than 5,000 jobs to construct and approximately 100 jobs to operate. Hundreds of other jobs in the community and state will be indirectly created as a result of the project.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm will utilize qualified local vendors whenever possible. Construction and operation of the project will require a wide variety of services, materials and equipment, and will also create demand for local retail and hospitality businesses.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm represents an over $1 billion investment. The project will facilitate significant economic benefits to the surrounding communities through payments to landowners and annual community support donations. Tax revenues generated by the project will benefit local communities, and the county and state as a whole.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm will reduce pollution by eliminating the need for a commensurate amount of energy from fossil fuels. The project will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by more than 1.6 million tons, which is equivalent to removing over 300,000 cars from the road. Additionally, the project will reduce pollutants that contribute to smog and illness, such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury, and will save over 850 million gallons of water per year.
The Mesa Canyons Wind Farm in Lincoln County, owned by Clean Line Energy, will tap into one of New Mexico’s most robust wind resources. The project, which will be developed in phases, could be as large as 1,000 MW. It will contribute tax revenues to Lincoln County and the State of New Mexico and will create thousands of jobs to construct and operate the wind farm.
The wind farm will be located on ranchland south of the Village of Corona. Members of the Southern Corona Landowner Association (“Corona Landowners Association”) have executed long-term lease agreements for the development of Mesa Canyons on their properties. The Corona Landowners Association was formed in 2007 to facilitate wind energy development in the area.
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