Western Wind Energy Corporation has reviewed the wind energy marketplace across the United States and has determined to seek new wind energy development opportunities in California.
The strategy is focused at 30 sites totalling over 1,200MW. A key goal will be to focus on diverse regions of the state, outside traditional wind development areas such as the Altamont, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio Pass (Palm Springs) regions. Guidance for land acquisition will be provided by Mr. Richard Simon, who has been active in the California wind industry since 1977, when he co-authored the first formal wind resource study of the state. Mr. Simon has been principal investigator of various wind energy research studies for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), including the California/Nevada wind energy atlas. In recent years, he has been one of five reviewers of the NREL wind maps being prepared for most of the United States. He has personally sited approximately 4000MW of operating wind farms across five continents.