Macho Springs Wind Power Project Completes Construction

Element Power US, LLC announced its Macho Springs Wind Power Project has completed construction. Output from the wind farm will be sold to Tucson Electric Power under a long-term power purchase agreement. “As TEP’s first dedicated source of wind power, the Macho Springs Wind Farm will complement our expanding array of solar energy projects, helping us develop a diverse portfolio of cost-effective renewable resources for our customers,” said David Hutchens, Executive Vice President of TEP and its parent company, Unisource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS).

“The Element Power and Mortenson teams were extremely good to work with from the start of development all the way into operations of the wind project”

Element Power, owner and developer of the Macho Springs Wind Farm, and Mortenson Construction, the Project’s general contractor, gathered with community leaders and landowners to celebrate completion of New Mexico’s newest wind energy facility.

Located in Luna County on approximately 2,000 acres of ranchland, and comprised of 28 Vestas V100-1.8 megawatt wind turbines, construction of the project began in January of this year. During construction, approximately 150 jobs were created providing a significant economic boost to the county and surrounding communities, at a time when local unemployment is approximately 14%. The project will provide seven full-time jobs over a 20- year duration. In addition, the project will generate enough clean electricity for approximately 14,000 homes.

“The Element Power and Mortenson teams were extremely good to work with from the start of development all the way into operations of the wind project,” said Linda Smrovsky, Executive Director of Deming-Luna County Economic Development. “They kept the community informed of the project, provided regular tours to interested parties, taught about wind energy development at the local school and were extremely attentive to local needs. We welcome the opportunity to work with Element Power as it pursues plans to develop an additional solar project in our community.”

“Mortenson was very pleased by the amount of local talent that was available for the construction of the wind farm. Through the job fair held in January, we were able to hire over 50 people from the surrounding communities. And we’re very proud that from groundbreaking to commissioning, the project had no injuries. This makes Macho Springs a model of Mortenson’s commitment to safety," states Tim Maag, vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups.

Vestas, a major turbine manufacturer in North America, stated, “The V100-1.8 MW wind turbine is specifically designed for wind speeds of this area and will provide clean energy for thousands of homes for many years,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. “The Macho Springs wind power plant also will provide direct and indirect economic benefits to the surrounding communities in terms of long-term jobs and property-tax revenues generated from the turbines. We are very pleased to have built this successful energy project with Element Power.”

“The Macho Springs Wind Farm could not have happened without the tremendous support we received from Luna County, our landowners,TEP, El Paso Electric, Vestas and Mortenson,” said Ty Daul, CEO of Element Power. “We are excited to have this project operating and delivering energy to TEP.”

Consistent with its focus on delivering electricity generated from both solar and wind at a competitive price, Element Power is developing a 50-megawatt photovoltaic solar project on an adjacent site. New Mexico is among the few states where both the wind and solar resources are sufficient to allow projects to deliver renewable energy at a competitive price.

Element Power US, LLC develops, acquires, builds, and operates utility-scale solar and wind power projects, creating clean, renewable sources of energy to meet the increasing demand for green electricity and to address the pressing challenges of global warming and energy security. Element Power is owned by Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a leading global private equity firm dedicated solely to investing in renewable power, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency and storage.

Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family owned construction company. Ranged as the 19th largest contractor in America, according to Engineering News-Record, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development. Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Seattle with international operations in Canada and China.