Mohave County's first renewable energy project
is now under construction in Kingman. "We will be erecting five 270-foot towers with blades that are about 175 feet," Western Wind Energy Vice President of Development Mike Boyd said. "This is a unique project. The pads are almost completed. This is the first utility-scale, integrated wind and solar energy project in the United States."
According to the Western Wind website, construction on the company's 10.5 megawatt combined wind and solar project started in December and should be done around fall. The project is fully zoned for wind energy. The company has signed a power purchase agreement with UNS Electric, Inc., a subsidiary of UniSource Energy Corporation of Arizona.
The project is east of Interstate 40 and the railroad tracks, south of Kingman. The project is on 808 acres and is getting graded. Turbines are expected to arrive and start going up on April 15. That project should be done by mid-July.
Boyd said a 10-acre area is being prepared for photovoltaic solar panels. Power from the wind turbines and solar panels will go to the substation and, from there, go on a line across Bureau of Land Management land to the power grid to feed the power to UniSource. The 10.5 megawatts is enough to power about 4,000 homes.
"I commend Western Wind Energy and Unisource for locating this sustainable energy project in Mohave County," County Economic Development Department Director Travis Lingenfelter said. "According to Western Wind Energy's corporate office, this project represents a total investment of approximately $28 million, which demonstrates their confidence in the future of the renewable energy sector here in northwest Arizona."
Catherine Anaya News Anchor, KPHO CBS 5 News