$8 Billion SunZia Clean Energy Project Back

Electrek headline: Massive $8 Billion SunZia Renewable Energy Project Is On Again, For Now
Joe Manchin or not, renewable energy is on a roll in the US, as demonstrated by the $8 billion SunZia wind farm and transmission line linking Arizona and New Mexico.


The Intertubes are absolutely exploding with news that biggest renewable energy infrastructure project in the history of the US is on track to begin construction next year, that being a new 550-mile transmission line and a 3,000-megawatt wind farm aimed at shuttling clean kilowatts between New Mexico and Arizona. SunZia is the name behind both the transmission and wind farm projects. Fingers crossed for success, because this project has been more than 10 years in the making.

The SunZia transmission line first crossed the CleanTechnica radar all the way back in 2014. That was after the project began a mandatory review process, which started in 2009. So, it’s been a long road.

“A proposed $2 billion, 500-mile proposed wind and solar power transmission line called SunZia has gotten stalled out over the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, but the Defense Department has come up with a solution: go under,” we observed in 2014. “The idea, according to a note from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, is to bury three sections of the line that would otherwise have adverse impacts on the operation of the range.”