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General Electric technician Francisco Mendoza repairs a brake disc on a wind turbine May 18 at the Duran Mesa Wind Farm. Pattern Energy is finalizing plans for another farm nearby, the Corona Wind Project, which will be one of the world's largest wind farms.

One of the biggest wind-energy projects in the world is being whipped up in Central New Mexico, a giant stride for the state’s role in renewable energy.

The overseer of the project, Pattern Energy, already has completed a New Mexico project called Western Spirit that will provide electricity to Los Angeles, San Jose and other California cities. Pattern Energy has scheduled a bigger New Mexico project, called SunZia, for completion in early 2026.

Proponents say the potential for wind-aided power could generate a profound shift in New Mexico, allowing two things it possesses in abundance — endless gusts and huge stretches of empty land — to be widely used to create energy and make money.

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Dan Bell, a fifth-generation cattle rancher north of the town of Corona, says leasing property to Pattern Energy so it can erect wind turbines provides his family with income that is especially important during a drought. 

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Antelope roam the grasslands around the turbines at the Duran Mesa Wind Farm. Pattern Energy is finalizing plans for another farm nearby, the Corona Wind Project, which will be one of the world’s largest wind farms.



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