Scottsdale, Ariz., February 3, 2011 – GWS Technologies, Inc. has begun design and engineering on a proposed 1,500-acre commercial wind and solar farm under development on the Colorado Plateau northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Phase I of the project consists of wind turbines and solar panels combining wind and solar generating capability which will allow electrical generation during almost any weather conditions and mitigate spikes in energy production.
The Department of Energy‘s Wind Program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have published a wind resource map for Arizona indicating that the state has wind resources consistent with utility-scale production.
The larger contiguous areas of good-to-excellent resources are located in northern and eastern Arizona close to the eastern edge of the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim is a topographical and geological feature which defines the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.
The Colorado Plateau is a region geologically and topographically distinct from other parts of the Western U.S., and is actually a huge basin ringed by highlands and filled with many individual plateaus. Sprawling across southeastern Utah, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico and western Colorado, the Colorado Plateau province covers a land area of 130,000 square miles. Of America’s 50 states, only Alaska, Texas, California, and Montana are larger.
In addition to untapped wind energy potential, the Colorado Plateau is a region with some of the best solar conditions in the U.S.