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Arizona utility eyeing power from tribal wind farm

The state’s second-largest utility provider says it’s closing in on an agreement to buy power from a wind farm on land owned by the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has partnered with Santa Ana, Calif.-based Edison Mission Energy to build and operate the 85-megawatt wind farm north of Seligman.

A proposed 25-year contract calls for the electricity to be delivered to the Salt River Project by December 2012.

Construction of the Boquillas Wind Farm is expected to start late this year or early next year. Up to 350 people could be employed during construction. Eight to 10 jobs would be permanent.

The tribal utility is the majority owner.

SRP says the project will produce enough energy for more than 19,000 average homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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