This first phase is expected to be fully operational before summer 2023 to help meet Arizona’s peak summer electricity demand. The second phase is scheduled to break ground in summer 2023 and is expected to reach commercial operations in 2024.
The project will use the most advanced wind energy technology deployed to date in Arizona. Other on-site components of the project include an operations and maintenance building, a substation and switchyard, a high voltage project transmission line, access roads, and a meteorological tower. AES will also incorporate unique design features such asa radar-activated lighting system that enables the federally required turbine lights to turn on only when low flying aircraft are in the area to preserve Northern Arizona’s dark sky characteristics.