Wind Energy Plants in California
Alta Wind-I
Location: CA
Operator: Terra-Gen Power LLC
Configuration: 100 X 1.5 MW SLE
Operation: 2010
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts: On 11 Jan 2011, GE Energy Financial Services and Bankers Commercial Corp each acquired a 50% stake in the Alta Wind-I wind farm in Tehachapi. The project is being leased to its developer, operator and manager, Terra-Gen Power, LLC.

Photograph courtesy of GE Energy Financial Services
Posted 15 May 2011

Hatchet Ridge
Location: CA
Operator: Pattern Energy LP
Configuration: 44 X 2.3-MW SWT-2.3-93
Operation: 2010
WTG supplier: Siemens
EPC: RES America
Quick facts: Hatchet Ridge was completed on 27 Oct 2010, the only wind plant of this size to complete in the state in 2010. Construction took about 1yr. The site is on Hatchet Mountain near the town of Burney in Shasta Co. Siemens manufactured the turbine blades in Iowa and Ameron International of Fontana CA manufactured the turbine towers. PG&E has a 15yr, PPA for the plant output.

Photograph by Karrie Ann Snure (www.livingshastaphotography.com)
and courtesy of Pattern Energy Group LP
Posted 10 Nov 2010

High Winds
Location: CA
Operator: FPL Energy
Configuration: 90 X 1.8-MW V80
Operation: 2003
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: PPM owns all of the High Winds output which is sold to wholesale customers in California and the Pacific Northwest. About two-thirds of the output has been sold to public utilities including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and the cities of Merced, Glendale, Pasadena, Anaheim, Colton, and Azusa.

Photograph courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Posted 14 May 2005

Manzana
Location: CA
Operator: Iberdrola Renewables LLC
Configuration: 126 X 1.5-MW 1.5SLE
Operation: 2012
WTG supplier: GE Wind
EPC: D H Blattner
Quick facts: The Manzana WPP is on about 7,000ac in the Tehachapi area near Rosamond in Kern Co. San Diego Gas & Electric is buying 100 MW/year for 20yrs and Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is buying 50 MW/yr, also for 20yrs. A proposed acquisition of the project by PG&E was rejected by state regulators in Jan 2011. At the time, the reported project cost was $900mn inclusive of connection infrastructure.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola Renovables
Posted 9 Jun 2013

Montezuma-3
Location: CA
Operator: Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist
Configuration: 15 X 660-kW V47
Operation: 2003
WTG supplier: Vestas

Photograph courtesy of Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist
Posted 27 May 2007

Montezuma-5
Location: CA
Operator: Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist
Configuration: 8 X 3-MW V90
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: The towers are 415ft tall. The original 18 turbines at the site have been decommissioned. These were the launch 3-MW V90 machines in the USA and the wind plant was officially opened by Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Vestas CEO Ditlev Engle on 12 Jun 2006.

Photograph courtesy of Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist
Posted 27 May 2007

Oasis
Location: CA
Operator: enXco Inc
Configuration: 60 X 1-MW
Operation: 2004
WTG supplier: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Quick facts: This wind plant was erected in less than 3 months.

Photograph copyright by and courtesy of EDF Energies Nouvelles
Posted 31 Mar 2007

Mountainview-III
Location: CA
Operator: PPM Energy
Configuration: 34 X 660-kW V47
Operation: 2003
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: In Oct 2003, PPM said it would build and own the Mountain View III wind plant in Riverside Co. The project was jointly-developed with SeaWest WindPower.

Photograph courtesy of ScottishPower
Posted 22 Dec 2006

Pine Tree
Location: CA
Operator: Los Angeles Dept Water & Power
Configuration: 100 X 1.5-MW
Operation: 2009
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
EPC: Kiewit
Quick facts: This project is 110m north of Los Angles in Kern Co. It was first announced in 2003 but was delayed for years by permitting issues and other problems. The project was acquired by LADWP in Nov 2005. Ground-breaking was in Feb 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Los Angeles Dept Water & Power
Reposted 11 Oct 2009

Shiloh-I
Location: CA
Operator: PPM Energy
Configuration: 100 X 1.5-MW
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
EPC: Mortenson
Quick facts: In May 2005, PPM Energy acquired the fully permitted Shiloh project in Solano Co from enXco, an affiliate of EDF Energies Nouvelles. All power from the project was contracted prior to completion.

Photograph courtesy of ScottishPower
Posted 22 Dec 2006

Tehachapi Oak Creek Repower
Location: CA
Operator: Oak Creek Energy Systems Inc
Configuration: ~ 25 MW NM72C/1500
Operation: 1999
WTG supplier: Micon

Photograph courtesy of NEG Micon
Posted 21 Mar 2004

Tehachapi Pilot
Location: CA
Operator: GE Wind Energy
Configuration: 1 X 1.6-MW
Operation: 2011
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts: In May 2011, GE unveiled the 1.6-100 WTG. This was developed from GE's 1.5-MW machine with components from the 2.5-100 model. The 100m blades were designed for lower wind speeds and the swept area is almost 50% greater than that of GE's 1.5-MW WTG.

Photograph courtesy of GE
Posted 30 May 2011

   
WalMart Red Bluff
Location: CA
Operator: Foundationa Windpower LLC
Configuration: 1 X 1.5-MW
Operation: 2012
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts:Foundation Windpower developed, financed and constructed this project with Walmart. It is the retailer's first pilot, onsite full-size wind project and went commercial at the Red Bluff Distribution Center on 7 Aug 2012.

Photograph courtesy of WalMart
Posted 11 Aug 2012

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 09-Jun-2013

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