The facility sits just west of Lovington near Maljamar. It will contain about two dozen 264-foot-tall wind turbines, said officials. Chris Copeland, construction manager with BayWa Energy Resources, said it will use 1.85- and 2-megawatt wind turbines. The power created by the farm will go to the Lea County Electric Cooperative’s system.
Lea County Electric Cooperative signed a contract that allows it to buy power from BayWa so it can cut its dependence on Xcel Energy, according to the cooperatives execute director Gary Hurse. He also mentioned how it is a different situation:
It is kind of a unique situation… We are doing it behind the meter. We are reducing our energy requirements from Xcel Energy by using the power from the wind farm directly.
The wind farm will consist of several 7-8 megawatt farms, which are small enough to provide behind the meter, said Hurse.
Customers could notice changes in their bills very soon, but not due to the wind farm, said Hurse.
We are trying to stabilize our pricing now… The EPA Clean Air Act is trying to reduce CO2, and that is directed more to coal plants. We are going to see more pressure to decommission coal, and we have to find other ways to provide more efficient resources.