Mortenson Construction was recently selected by San Diego-based developer enXco for the construction of the Pacific Wind Project. Located on the south slope of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County California, the 8,500 acres project will generate140 megawatts 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-sf O&M facility that will support the Pacific Wind Project as well as other enXco projects slated for development in the area. Construction will begin in December 2011 and is expected to be complete 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 early October, Mortenson completed construction of enXco’s 205.5 megawatt 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. BD+C