Construction of Western Spirit Wind and its accompanying transmission line entailed over 1,000 workers on-site during the 15-month construction period. Reaching operations at the end of 2021, approximately 35 full-time, permanent team members operate and maintain the wind facilities. The number of workers on-site nearly doubles when supplemental maintenance needs arise.
The four wind power facilities that comprise Western Spirit Wind utilize a total of 377 GE wind turbines ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 MW in size. The turbines have various tower heights to optimize energy production.
Western Spirit Wind is projected to provide nearly $3 million per year in new property tax revenues for the three counties and two school districts in the area over its first 25 years of operations. Its affiliated transmission line adds approximately $1 million in additional taxes each year on average over 40 years.
Western Spirit Wind
Guadalupe, Lincoln and Torrance Counties, New Mexico