Work has commenced on the most extensive clean energy infrastructure in U.S. history. The collaborative SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind initiatives will cover areas in both New Mexico and Arizona, delivering electricity to a population of 3 million.
According to Archinet, the project is being delivered by Pattern Energy, which has secured $11 billion in financing to begin construction on the project. SunZia Transmission will comprise a 550-mile transmission line between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona, with the capacity to transport 3,000 MW of electricity. The SunZia Wind facility, meanwhile, will be the largest wind project in the Western Hemisphere, spanning Torrance, Lincoln, and San Miguel Counties in New Mexico.
“Our hope is this successful financing of the largest clean energy infrastructure project in American history serves as an example for other ambitious renewable infrastructure initiatives that are needed to accelerate our transition to a carbon-free future,” said Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy. “Construction is well underway on this historic project that will deliver clean power with a generation profile that complements abundant solar generation available across the Western United States.”
As reported by Electrek, turbine delivery for the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2025, with final commissioning scheduled for the first half of 2026.