A Clean and Prosperous Future
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Taking the Next Step in Energy Generation
As the world moves toward using more sustainable and renewable energy sources, SunZia’s engineers and developers are trailblazing one of the largest energy transmission projects of its kind to deliver 4,500 MW of clean energy to the Western United States.
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Powering Our Present and Empowering the Future
A wind resource of 4,500 megawatts is sufficient to power approximately a million southwestern United States households. Harnessing this natural, renewable resource will ensure that generations to come will inherit a cleaner environment as well as the physical infrastructure designed to deliver clean energy for years to come.
A Boost to Rural Communities
Rural communities are beneficiaries of projects like SunZia. Benefits from increased employment, income to landowners and increased tax revenue for use of easements and other land rights can be the building blocks for rural and local economies. New Mexico and Arizona’s important role in the renewable energy industry provides towns and counties with the promise of a long-term, consistent economic foundation.
Cooperation with Landowners
The SunZia Project was sited by the Bureau of Land Management to minimize impacts to the environment as well as existing residential and business uses. However, the route crosses State Trust Land as well as privately owned land. The SunZia team will work closely with landowners to ensure fair compensation for right of way easements.
Stability for Ranchers & Landowners
Rural communities and ranching families know all too well the changing landscape of land management created by climate fluctuations. SunZia’s land teams work closely with each landowner to ensure that the project’s construction and operation produce the least possible impact to their land and ranching operations.
Restoring Habitat and Protecting Wildlife
SunZia is dedicated to minimizing impacts to wildlife and preserving natural habitats that may be affected by the project. Funding and conducting important biological and wildlife studies have resulted in creating mitigation, restoration and preservation plans that will guide our approach to construction and operations.
Conserving Environmental and Cultural Resources
Over 11,000 hours have been invested by SunZia’s scientists to collect cultural, biological and paleontological data within and around the Project area. This data is used by SunZia to ensure that the Project is situated in areas with the least environmental impact.
- 4,500 Megawatt *8760 hours per year* NM Wind Energy Capacity Factor of 45% * line and transformer losses of SunZia of 7% = 16,497,270 MegaWatt Hours (27.322404371584 gallons/Megawatt Hour) = 450,745,081 gallons of gasoline each year. For more information on this conversion, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gases-equivalencies-calculator-calculations-
- 4,500 Megawatt *8760 hours per year* NM Wind Energy Capacity Factor of 45% * line and transformer losses of SunZia of 7% = 16,497,270 MegaWatt Hours/15.181 Megawatt hours per household = 1,086,705 households. This calculation is based off of the average house energy usage in 2015 in the U.S. for the “Mixed-dry/Hot-dry” climate area which covers most of New Mexico, Arizona and California of 51.8 million BTU/year (equal to 15.181 MWh/year). Data Source: https://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2015/index.php?view=consumption. August 2020
This calculation is representative of homes in New Mexico rather than the U.S. because the energy production will take place and be captured in New Mexico.