First Wind Farm Development in Arizona

Arizona Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AEPCO) has joined with Western Wind Energy Corporation in an agreement that begins research into the feasibility of using wind generation as a source of sustainable energy.

Cochise, Arizona – September 18, 2002 [] Under the Memorandum of Understanding, Western Wind Energy, operating as Verde Resources, will set up a testing station at AEPCO’s Apache Generating Station in Cochise, Arizona. The testing will determine if sufficient wind resources exist in the area to warrant construction of a generation project. If successful, the wind farm could eventually generate up to 40 MW of electric power, or enough energy to serve approximately 14,000 homes, depending on the time of year and other conditions. “This agreement brings to us the expertise of those at Western Wind Energy to utilize an existing, renewable natural resource to generate electric power,” said Mark Schwirtz, chief operating officer of AEPCO. “We are committed to researching new avenues of power generation that work in harmony with the environment and that could, potentially, be a viable source of power for consumer use.” Western Wind Energy, the only public company in North America dedicated solely to wind energy development, and currently has projects in Arizona, California and New Brunswick, Canada. The research station at Apache Generation Station is one of several such stations owned by Western Wind in the State of Arizona. (TSX: WND)
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