California Wind Farm Wins Approval

John Davis

accionaA wind energy project in Southern California soon could be lighting up 50,000 homes. The Acciona Wind Energy USA wind farm will be Santa Barbara County’s first renewable wind-energy project after the county Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to the project.

This story from the Lompoc (CA) Record
says it will be built southwest of the Pacific Ocean-side town of Lompoc:

A maximum of 65 wind turbine generators, which will reach 397 feet-high and are to be 15 feet in diameter, were approved, along with meteorological towers, operational facilities and a PG&E power line running from the project to Lompoc.

Construction could begin at the end of this year, and clean energy production could start by 2010, according to the developer.

Acciona is based in Spain, and you might remember from my post last August 11, 2008 that the company built a wind farm in the Dakotas that will provide power for 60,000 homes in that area.