The 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Power Project in Roosevelt County will provide enough clean, affordable electricity to power close to 194,000 homes annually.
Once completed, Sagamore will be the state’s largest wind energy facility.
“Sagamore will pay for itself in the fuel cost savings it will generate by using some of the region’s most abundant resources – the wind – to drive its wind turbines,” said David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy New Mexico and Texas. “It will be among the cheapest generating resources on our system, and will help us conserve precious groundwater and protect the environment while bringing an immense economic benefit to eastern New Mexico.”
The Sagamore Wind Power Project is expected to cost around $900 million.
Xcel Energy expects 20 to 30 full-time, permanent positions to be created to support the operation and maintenance of the wind energy plant. During the construction of the project, many New Mexico companies and employees will be involved.