New Mexico backs 3.5GW SunZia US wind projects

Pattern Energy’s 3.5GW SunZia Wind Projects have received two unanimous approvals from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The projects will be sited in Torrance, Lincoln, and San Miguel Counties, New Mexico and construction is to start in mid-2023. 

Once complete, it will be the largest wind project in the Western Hemisphere.

The development comes as Pattern’s SunZia Transmission project has been fully permitted in Arizona. 

It received unanimous approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission on its Certificate of Environmental Compatibility application. 

SunZia Transmission is a 550-mile, ± 525 kV, 3.5GW high-voltage direct current transmission line between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona, which will carry electricity from the SunZia wind projects. 

Together, SunZia Wind and Transmission comprise the largest renewable energy infrastructure project in US history with a total investment of more than $8 billion. The privately-funded projects will produce enough energy to power the needs of more than three million people.