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The Campo Band of Mission Indians of the Kumeyaay Nation, Invenergy LLC and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SD&E) have jointly announced a plan to build a wind energy project in eastern San Diego County capable of generating up to 160 MW of renewable power.

The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a wind project on tribal land. The project will be the tribe's second wind generation facility.

During construction, the project will employ approximately 150 workers from various construction trades. Upon completion, 10 to 12 full-time staff will be needed to operate and maintain the wind farm.

"We are very proud and excited to be working with the only tribe in the nation that currently operates a wind farm development on tribal land," says Mick Baird, Invenergy's vice president of development for the Western U.S. The project is being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy.

To meet the growing market for renewable energy projects in the East County, SDG&E also is planning a number of infrastructure enhancement projects that will help deliver renewable power into the grid, while enhancing energy reliability for local residents and customers.

Over the next year, Muht-Hei Inc., Campo's development corporation, in conjunction with the Campo Band Executive Committee, Campo Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will finalize the terms of the agreements with Invenergy and SDG&E. Project developers will complete pre-development siting analyses, placement of testing towers to evaluate wind potential and fulfill environmental clearances prior to construction. The project is expected to commence commercial operation in 2012.

SOURCES: Campo Band of Mission Indians, Invenergy LLC, San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

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