The Bureau of Land Management has approved the Mesa Wind Repower Project in Southern California, Kallanish Energy reports.
Brookfield Renewables plans to repower the 30-megawatt wind project that was built in the 1980s.
The project includes the removal of 460 older turbines and the installation of up to nine new wind turbine generators.
The first turbines were built in 1983.
The towers to be removed range in height from 85 to 140 feet.
Most of the turbines are no longer operational.
The site is on public lands 11 miles northwest of Palm Spring in San Gorgonio Pass in California’s Riverside County.
The repower project would remain within existing right-of-way boundaries.
The current transmission line tying into Southern California Edison’s substation can handle the repowered project and would not require an upgrade.
BLM had completed an Environmental Impact Statement on the project with three options.
Reduced Alternative C was selected by the BLM. It calls for two fewer new turbines and reduces ground disturbance.
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