Wind energy in California: more wind turbines near Rio Vista

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District on Tuesday will host commissioning ceremonies marking the start-up of 55 new wind turbines providing 128 megawatts of electricity from the Solano Phase 3 Wind Farm Project near Rio Vista.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District said the new wind turbines, more than 400 feet high, produce enough energy to power 44,000 homes.

The wind farm is on a 5,400-acre parcel near the Sacramento River in the Solano County’s wind-rich, eastern side. The earlier two phases of the SMUD’s Solano Wind Project produce about 100 megawatts of electricity.