Independent U.S.-based wind energy project developer, First Wind (www.firstwind.com), will soon contribute to the renewable energy market and more in Washington state with the completion of the Palouse Wind Farm. Located in Whitman County, the 105MW project has the capacity to power up to 30,000 homes and over a $1 million each year in revenue once the project achieves commercial operations, says the company. The Palouse Wind Farm uses 58 Vestas V100-1.8 MW turbines and is expected to be fully operational by year-end.
Along with energy, the project also brings new economic opportunities to the region in the form of jobs and revenues. “In addition to representing a major source of clean energy for years to come, we are also making a major investment in the economic future of the region,” says First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor.
Once the wind farm is fully operational, Whitman County will receive about $12 million (or $600,000 annually) over 20 years in property tax revenues. Palouse Wind has hired over 20 regional contractors leading to over 200 construction jobs, spending millions in the Inland Northwest.
The energy produced by the wind farm will be purchased by Avista Corporation and distributed through a direct interconnect to the Avista 230kV Benewah-to-Shawnee transmission line. The wind farm is the first in Avista’s service territory and will help the company reach the Washington State renewable portfolio standard. “The power from Palouse Wind will be part of a diverse, responsible energy portfolio that includes renewable resources generated right here in our community,” says Avista President and CEO Scott Morris. WPE
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