Ranch will be the third major wind energy project in New Mexico

Xcel Energy recently announced that La Jolla, Calif.-based Padoma Wind Power will build a wind ranch near Elida, N.M., that will supply the company with energy to sell to the residents and companies in the surrounding area in Spring 2005. The San Juan Mesa Wind Project is expected to take six months to complete and will have between 60 and 120 turbine towers depending on the technology. Padoma has requested proposals from several wind turbine manufactures to determine which is best suited for the site.