Sempra To Build $5.5B Wind Farm in Baja California

May 5, 2010


Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced plans to construct a massive $5.5 billion wind farm in Baja California (Mexico). The wind farm, which could cover a total surface area of 294 hectares on completion, will comprise a thousand wind turbines.

The wind farm will have a total capacity of between 1,000 megawatts (MW) and 1,200 (MW), in four areas in Mexico’s Baja California. Jacume, La Rumorosa, Cordillera Molina and Sierra de Juárez, which are located in the municipalities of Mexicali, Tecate and Ensenada, have been chosen for the first stages of the project.

The first stage, located north of the village of La Rumorosa, will consist of 52 wind turbines and will cost $300 million to build. In total, Sempra Energy will invest up to $5.5 billion on the entire project.

No timeline was given for the project’s start or completion.

Sempra is also set to harvest wind energy in Hawaii. In October 2009, Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, acquired Auwahi Wind Energy LLC, a company developing a 22-MW wind energy and battery storage project in Maui (Hawaii), from Shell WindEnergy Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B).

The proposed Auwahi Wind Energy project could begin construction in 2011 and commence commercial operations in 2012 on the Ulupalakua Ranch in the remote southeastern region of Maui.

Sempra Energy also plans to develop up to 500 MW of solar power on 4,000 acres of land near Phoenix, Arizona.