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Western Wind Energy Corp. has secured a new, 100 MW wind energy and solar site near Barstow, Calif. This site is located on 2,400 acres and is in an area with proven, high-energy wind speeds, according to the company.

Previous testing indicates a mean average annual wind speed in excess of 9 meters per second, or over 20 miles per hour, capable of generating net operating capacity factors in excess of 40%.

"There was tremendous competition from the largest players in the investment banking and energy industries to acquire this exact piece of property," says Jeff Ciachurski, CEO of Western Wind.

According to the company, this property is not located in a critical habitat area for the desert tortoise and therefore, Western Wind Energy anticipates a normal permitting process in achieving production.

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