San Diego, California, U.S.-based developer enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles company, recently selected renewable energy contractor Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.) for the construction of the Pacific Wind Project. Located on the south slope of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, California, the 8,500-acre (3,440-hectare) project will generate 140 MW of wind power, enough energy to power approximately 39,000 homes.

Mortenson is responsible for the design and construction of access roads, foundations, erection, overhead and underground electrical collection system, and a 14,400-sq ft (1,338-sq m) operations and maintenance facility that will support the Pacific Wind Project as well as other enXco projects slated for development in the area. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2012.

The Pacific Wind Project is the 19th wind power facility that Mortenson has constructed in partnership with enXco. Together, the partnership has provided nearly 2 GW of energy throughout the United States. In October 2011, Mortenson completed construction of enXco's 205.5-MW Lakefield Wind Project in southern Minnesota. In Minnesota alone, the enXco-Mortenson partnership has developed and constructed approximately 36% of the state's wind energy capacity.

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