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Solar Wind Energy Tower secures amended precertification for Arizona project

Published 05 October 2017

Solar Wind Energy Tower has received notification from the California Energy Commission that it has reviewed the application of the planned San Luis Energy Tower submitted on behalf of Arizona Green Power and stated that it is eligible for RPS precertification under the criteria specified in the Renewables Portfolio Standard Eligibility Guidelines, Ninth Edition.

The planned facility has an identified total nameplate capacity, measured in alternating current of 1750 MW and an anticipated commercial operations date of December 31, 2021.

The Company recently announced it had completed the final design specs for the project resulting in a significant increase in annual energy production. The project now estimates it will be able to produce 5,000,000 Megawatt Hours annually to supply to the grid versus the original estimate of 3,700,000 Megawatt Hours annually.

The final output estimates are the result of decreasing the number of wind tunnels and increasing the turbines in each tunnel from 2 to 3. Reducing the number of tunnels from 60 to 40 dramatically increased the wind velocities in each tunnel. As velocity doubles, the kinetic energy available is cubed.

The increased energy available in each tunnel paved the way to add the third turbine. The Company has known the available energy created by the tower structure, but it was the interfacing of the meteorological data in the Tower with the aerospace/aerodynamics of the resulting wind in the tunnels modeled over the last 9 months that led to the final tunnel/turbine configuration to optimize the energy extraction.

The Company compliments the California Energy Commission for their expeditious review of our application. With the plant design parameters complete our contractors are engaged modifying the original construction cost estimates and the construction time line.

The goal now is to position the Company to re-start discussions for power purchase agreements. The Company continues to work with potential investors/bankers to capitalize the budget to bring the project to construction ready ground breaking.

Source: Company Press Release