Tres Amigas, Broadview Energy to interconnect up to 500 MW

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Tres Amigas and Broadview Energy announced the execution of agreements that would facilitate the development and construction of up to 500 MW of wind power in northeast New Mexico.

This agreement will enable Broadview, Tres Amigas’ first customer, to deliver its high-quality New Mexico wind power for the next 25 years to California starting by year-end 2015 and also enables the project to use the additional services to be offered by Tres Amigas when the Super Station becomes operational.

Broadview has been in development since 2011 with National Renewable Solutions (NRS) as its manager and developer. Broadview’s 12-wind turbine first phase named Brahms Wind is located five miles south of Grady, N.M. The second phase is on about 39,000 acres north and east of the Brahms Wind project. The agreements executed with Tres Amigas are integral to the viability of this much larger second phase, which is named Broadview Energy KW.

The construction value to the local economy is about $1.2 billion for Tres Amigas and over $550 million for Broadview’s wind farm. The project plans to install over 200 GE wind turbines in its footprint and is working with Mortenson Construction as its contractor. The Broadview Energy KW project is expected to create upwards of 200 construction jobs and an estimated 20 full-time, permanent jobs once construction is complete.

The Tres Amigas project will require both short- and long-term jobs in construction maintenance, scientific research, clean energy technologies and many permanent positions at its Albuquerque headquarters. It will incentivize new energy providers throughout the country to commit to new construction by providing a nationwide marketplace for the energy they produce.

Power from the wind farm is expected to be delivered over its interconnection with Tres Amigas by December 2015.

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