Navajo Nation closes in on wind farm in Arizona

Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
posted by rene5432

The Navajo Nation is expected to receive its first wind farm after a deal was announced recently specifying the construction of the project near Seligman.

According to the Arizona Republic, the wind farm would be built on the Boquillas Ranch, a space of land owned by the Navajo Nation and the Arizona State Land Department. The ranch reportedly spreads through Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

The Republic reports that the Navajo Nation owns approximately 250,000 acres in the ranch area, with the project expected to be built on a fraction of that land.

The wind project, which is expected to be completed by 2013, could generate a maximum of 85 megawatts which could power more than 21,200 homes at once while the wind is blowing, according to the news source.

According to The Associated Press, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority partnered with California-based Edison Mission Energy to construct and operate the wind farm, which could create hundreds of construction jobs and some full-time jobs.

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