After earlier legal opposition was posed against the development of the Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project, the construction has almost been completed, albeit for a wind farm that is smaller than the original proposal. But while the size of the project is smaller in terms of number of wind turbines, the generating capacity remains the same.
The Kittitas Valley Wind Farm is being constructed by White Construction Inc. for Horizon Wind Energy, a renewable energy development company that is owned by EDP Renewables of Portugal. The wind power project is located in Kittitas County, Washington 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg on ridge tops on both sides of U.S. Highway 97.
The wind farm has an installed capacity of 100.8 MW – enough to power approximately 28,000 average Washington homes with clean energy each year. When it is commissioned the wind farm will consist of 48 Suzlon S88 2.1 MW turbines. The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold into the regional wholesale market.
The associated energy credits will be used by businesses and organizations to comply with state renewable energy mandates or to voluntarily reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
Estimates into the construction and investment costs of the project have been put at between $250 million and $300 million with the goal to finish the project towards the end of 2010.
Some of Horizon Wind Energy’s other wind projects that have been completed, or are in the process of being constructed include: Top Crop Wind Farm, Illinois, Meadow Lake Wind Farm, Indiana, and Wheat Field Wind Farm, Oregon.
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