Dry Lake Wind Power Project

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Dry Lake Wind Power Project
Dry Lake Wind Power Project is located in Arizona
Dry Lake Wind Power Project
Location of Dry Lake Wind Power Project in Arizona
Location between Holbrook and Heber, Arizona
Coordinates 34°36′0″N 110°13′48″W / 34.60000°N 110.23000°W / 34.60000; -110.23000Coordinates: 34°36′0″N 110°13′48″W / 34.60000°N 110.23000°W / 34.60000; -110.23000
Status Operating
Commission date October 2009
Owner(s) Iberdrola Renewables
Power generation
Units operational Phase 1: 30 Suzlon wind turbines, @2.1 MW
Nameplate capacity Phase 1: 63 MW
Annual output 127MW[1]

Dry Lake Wind Power Project in Navajo County is Arizona's first utility-scale wind farm. Phase 1 consists of 30 Suzlon 2.1 MW wind turbines, for a total nameplate capacity of 63 MW.[2][3] Iberdrola Renewables built the wind farm for $100 million,[2] and sells the output to Salt River Project. Based on wind measurements before construction began, Iberdrola estimates phase 1 will produce an average of 132,450 MWh annually.[2] This implies a capacity factor of:


Around 2003, rancher Bill Elkins began working with developer John Gaglioti and Northern Arizona University scientists to erect measurement towers on his land to measure wind speeds. He studied the local power grid to determine the feasibility of connecting a wind farm. Navajo County and Iberdrola officials credit Gaglioti and Elkins with attracting the first wind farm to Arizona.[2]

Future development[edit]

As of 2009, Iberdrola planned to install 209 more turbines in future construction phases.[2]

Phase 2 will consist of up to 31 Suzlon wind turbines for a combined nameplate capacity of 65 MW.[4] The location of phase 2 (34°36′N 110°10′W / 34.60°N 110.16°W / 34.60; -110.16 (Dry Lake Wind Power Project phase II)) will be about seven miles (11 km) northwest of Snowflake and three miles (5 km) east of phase 1.[4]

Environmental effect[edit]

According to the USDOE, each 1000 MW of wind power capacity installed in Arizona will save 818 million US gallons (3,100,000 m3) of water per year and eliminate 2.0 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[5] Phase 1 of Dry Lake Wind Power Project would then eliminate:

of carbon dioxide, and save:

of water annually.

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