In 2017, wind energy grew faster in New Mexico than in any other state. Now, the Land of Enchantment has 17 wind projects, 1,005 total turbines, and at least seven additional projects either under development or under construction. The state currently produces enough wind energy to power more than 420,000 homes.
Besides industry growth, New Mexico also exemplifies what wind energy can do for rural economic development and opportunity.
Halfway between Albuquerque, N.M., and Amarillo, Texas on Route 66, the rural community of Tucumcari, N.M. is making its mark on the wind industry.
The small city of just 5,000 residents is home to Mesalands Community College and its Wind Energy Technology Program. The college hosts one of the only wind technician programs in the country with an actual turbine on campus – a huge advantage for students to gain hands-on experience.
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