New Mexico Wind
Energy Center Facts
- The New Mexico Wind Energy Center consists of 136 turbine
towers, each measuring 210 feet in height.
- The towers sit on 9,600 acres of private and state-owned
- The turbine blades exceed 110 feet in length.
- The wind center is located 20 miles northeast of Fort
Sumner and straddles Quay and DeBaca counties. It is about
170 miles from Albuquerque and may be seen from New Mexico
252 and U.S. 84.
- The wind center will have a peak output of about 200 megawatts
of electricity, or about 1.5 megawatts per turbine. The
turbines require 8 mph winds to produce electricity and
will continue to produce electricity in winds up to 55 mph.
- Power production will not require water, produce emissions
or generate solid waste.
- The wind center expects to produce about 594,000 megawatt
hours every year.
- The wind center's construction provided more than 200
- There will be eight full-time positions at the facility.
- The project is expected to provide $40 million in economic
benefits for the surrounding communities over 25 years.