Iberdrola Renewables signed a 15-year contract to supply Southern California Edison, an Edison International company, with renewable energy from the planned Tule Wind Power Project in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County.
SCE will purchase the entire output of the 132 MW wind farm, when the project is slated for completion in late 2017.
The Tule project will consist of up to 67 wind turbines located on nearly 14,000 acres residing in the county of San Diego and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land north of the town of Boulevard. The new project will produce enough energy to power the approximate equivalent of 40,000 average SCE households with enough clean energy to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of more than 50,000 cars each year.
The Tule project is expected to deliver more than $39 million in local and state tax benefits over 25 years. The project has already committed to East County community donations of $600,000 at the start of the project, and between $1.5-2.6 million to the community over the life of the project, which will support local health services, schools, cultural preservation, and recreational campgrounds on BLM land.
Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is a unit of Iberdrola USA and the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of owned and controlled wind and solar generation in the U.S.