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Tucson utility starts using Oso Grande Wind energy

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The Oso Grande Wind Project in Chaves County and other southeastern New Mexico counties will be used to supply electricity for Tucson Electric Power starting this month.

The utility has made its announcement on its website at the same time it has announced that its largest solar farm has gone online as well. The solar farm is located on 1,130 acres near the Tucson International Airport and also has an energy storage system.

“These systems more than double our large-scale renewable energy resources and represent a big step toward the cleaner, greener grid we’re building for our customers,” said Susan Gray, president and chief executive officer of the utility. “TEP is taking action on behalf of our community to protect our climate.”

The company’s website indicates that it now has the ability to produce almost 26% of its electricity using renewable energy resources. It also stated that an agreement with the University of Arizona will enable the school’s main campus to utilize 100% renewable energy sources.

The Oso Grande Wind Project can generate about 247 megawatts. It is located on 24,000 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties.

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The utility company indicated that the New Mexico wind farm is expected to produce enough energy each year to meet the electricity needs for 100,000 homes.

The $300 million project was built by EDF Renewables North America of Oakland, California, on behalf of TEP. Construction started in late 2019, and the wind farm went operational in December 2020.

The project consists of 61 wind turbines and an alternate turbine, as well as various supporting structures. In Chaves County, the project has 31 turbines, an alternate turbine and an electrical substation around the Caprock area, near state highways 249 and 172, according to information provided by EDF representatives prior to construction.