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SDG&E, Kumeyaay Tribe Join Invenergy Wind Farm Project

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San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is partnering with an Indian tribe and an energy company to build California's second-largest wind-power project in the mountains just east of San Diego, it was reported today.

The utility, along with the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Chicago-based Invenergy, wants to build a 160-megawatt wind farm capable of powering up to 104,000 homes within the next two years, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The farm will consist of as many as 100 new windmills being added to the Campo reservation and will be in addition to a 25-turbine project completed on the reservation in 2005, according to the newspaper.

Invenergy will build and run the $300 million project and SDG&E will buy the power, the Union-Tribune reported. The tribe will have an equity stake and hopes to eventually own the project, tribal Chairwoman Monique La Chappa told the newspaper.

Invenergy will also help the tribe build two turbines to power its casino, Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center. The project will require federal approval but does not have to be approved by the state because it involves tribal land.

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