Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa (Madrid, Spain) and developer Cannon Power Group (San Diego, Calif., USA) announced on May 18 that they have agreed to a 10-year exclusivity agreement, stipulating that Gamesa will supply all of the wind turbines installed at sites developed by Cannon on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Gamesa also will provide additional support and maintenance services, and limited development services.
Aubanel Wind, the first wind project, will start with the development of 70 MW to 100 MW in phase one. Groundbreaking at this wind farm is scheduled to occur sometime in the next 12 months, with additional construction taking place over the next three to four years, with planned installed capacity totalling 500 MW in this first phase.
Aubanel Wind Project will be one of the largest wind power sites in North America, consisting of more than 140 mi²/363m². It is located near the town of La Rumorosa, approximately 60 miles/97 km east of San Diego and 15 miles/24 km south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Cannon Power Group’s development pipeline in Mexico’s Baja California currently totals 1,000 MW at various stages of development. “Cannon Power Group is one of the most experienced wind project developers in the renewable energy market, so we are very pleased to collaborate with them on this project,” said Dirk Matthys, Gamesa’s CEO in North America. “This exciting new relationship will further strengthen Gamesa’s leadership in the Mexican market where we already have a substantial presenc"
“This will be a win-win for Mexico and the United States”, said Gary Hardke, Cannon Power Group’s president and managing director. “We envision this as a major cross-border project that can stimulate the region’s economy and provide enough clean energy for over 250,000 households.”