Partnership Secures California Wind Farm

SeaWest WindPower of San Diego, California and PPM Energy of Portland, Oregon have teamed up to jointely develop and construct the 22.44 MW Mountain View III wind energy project in Riverside County, California.

San Diego, California – October 30, 2003 [] The project is located just northwest of Palm Springs in the San Gorgonio Pass wind resource area, long noted for its strong and predictable winds. Mountain View III will use 34 Vestas V-47 wind turbine generators, each with a capacity of 660kW, and will begin operation in December 2003. PPM, which will own the project, and a California-based utility have secured a 15-year power purchase agreement through which the utility will purchase the entire output from Mountain View III. The project will produce enough clean energy for approximately 12,000 households, while offsetting 80,000 tons of greenhouse gases per year. The power purchase agreement was awarded in response to a request for offers issued in late 2002. SeaWest and PPM submitted a joint proposal for 100 percent of the Mountain View III project output. “The co-development of the Mountain View III project by PPM and SeaWest emphasizes the synergy achieved by combining PPM’s aggressive growth strategy in the wind arena with SeaWest’s renowned development capabilities,” said Christian Engsted, SeaWest’s CEO. As was the case with the Mountain View III project, SeaWest actively maintains a strategic portfolio of pre-developed wind energy sites in selected markets to meet customer needs for clean energy. SeaWest this method enables them to respond effectively to requests for proposals and to arrange for construction and commissioning of wind energy projects. The Mountain View III project site will be sold to PPM as part of that company’s acquisition of the project assets. Mountain View III will be the fifteenth project commissioned by SeaWest in the San Gorgonio Pass wind resource area. SeaWest’s local operations and management center manages approximately 250 MW, comprised of nearly 1,500 wind turbines in the area.
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