Pine Tree Wind Farm
Located in the rugged Tehachapi Mountains within sight of the first aqueduct to feed water to the City of Los Angeles, Pine Tree is unique in that it will be the largest municipally owned as well as the largest municipally operated wind farm in the nation. By comparison, the second largest City-owned farm – Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Solano County project – outsources its operations to a third party.
Pine Tree’s energy will come from 80 1.5-megawatt wind turbine generators, a new high-voltage transmission line and the new Barren Ridge electrical substation. Pine Tree would provide enough energy to power approximately 56,000 homes per year.
In terms of environmental benefits, the Pine Tree Wind project is expected to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides by at least 8 tons per year and emissions of carbon monoxide by at least 11 tons per year. Further, emissions of carbon dioxide, a “greenhouse” gas believed to contribute to global warming, would be reduced by at least 200,000 tons per year. By reducing use of fossil fuels, the project would also displace LADWP’s annual gas costs by about $15 million per year.
As part of a team with Kiewit Industrial, SCS is providing engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and management support to the Pine Tree Wind Farm Project. The Balance of Plant (BOP) portion of the project involves heavy civil work including 35 miles of gravel roads, 80 wind turbine foundations, electrical collection system, a finished prefabricated metal building and wind turbine generator erection.