Arizona Welcomes the Dry Lake Wind Power Project: A Wind Powering America Success Story

April 28, 2010

A photo of a large wind turbine surrounded by desert landscape.

The 63-MW Dry Lake Wind Power Project in Arizona. Photo courtesy of Iberdrola Renewables, NREL16705.

Wind Powering America has been active in Arizona for a number of years. Team members developed the Arizona wind resource map, funded the Arizona Wind Working Group, funded outreach activities through Northern Arizona University, and participated in the annual Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Flagstaff. In September 2009, efforts paid off when Arizona's first utility-scale wind project, the 63-MW Dry Lake Wind Power Project near Holbrook, came online. The project contributed approximately $110,000,000 to Arizona's economy and will result in annual tax payments of $440,000.