By Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona Public Service Co. has signed an agreement to buy power from a 99-megawatt wind farm to be constructed by NextEra Energy Resources.

The project, being developed under the name Perrin Ranch Wind LLC, will be built about 13 miles north of Williams. With 62 turbines, it will be capable of producing enough energy to power about 25,000 homes.

NextEra would not release the cost of the project, and officials said they are early in the development process.

The facility could come online in 2012, but it still must receive approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission and develop site and interconnection agreements, officials said.

⿿Perrin Ranch is ideally suited for our first Arizona-based wind project. It is particularly important for Northern Arizona and our company,⿝ APS President and Chief Operating Officer Don Robinson said in a prepared statement. ⿿We continue to seek renewable energy projects that provide the best value for our customers.⿝

The move is not APSâ¿¿ first foray into wind as a renewable energy source. The company has power-purchase agreements in place for the 100-megawatt High Lonesome Mesa project southeast of Albuquerque and the 90-megawatt Aragonne Mesa wind farm, also in New Mexico.

Perrin Ranch will be NextEraâ¿¿s first wind project in Arizona. The company has built projects in 17 states, including New Mexico, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington.

⿿The Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center will be our first wind project in Arizona,⿝ Mitch Davidson, president and CEO of NextEra, said in a prepared statement. ⿿This project will not only create emission-free energy, it will also bring tremendous economic benefits to the region.⿝

APS officials said the project will be another step in helping them meet the stateâ¿¿s renewable energy standard mandated by the ACC.

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