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Palouse Wind Farm

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State:
  • WA
County: Whitman
Type of Resource:
  • Wind
Operating Status:
  • Operating
Project Stage: Operating
Capacity: 104.4 MW
Developers: First Wind
Year: 2012
Month: December
Number of Turbines: 58
Partners: Avista; CIRI
Locale:

Located about 8 miles NW of Oakesdale, WA, on Naff Ridge in Whitman County.

Description:

The Palouse Wind project consisting of 58 Vestas V-100-1.8 MW wind turbines for a total of 104.4 MW.

The general contractor on the project, RMT, Inc., began construction in October 2011 and is hiring many Pacific Northwest-based businesses and subcontractors to work on the project. During construction, it is estimated that the project will create an average of 100-200 jobs and will result in $30 million of spending with local businesses in Whitman County and the Inland Northwest. Once Palouse Wind is operational, Whitman County will receive approximately $12 million over the next 20 years in property tax revenues, which can be used toward roads, schools, police and fire departments and more. The project is expected to be online and operational sometime before the end of 2012. (source: First Wind press release Dec 2011)

Announcement of operations from press release.
http://www.firstwind.com/sites/default/files/Palouse%20COD%20and%20CIRI%20121812%20FINAL.pdf

Location confirmed with Google Earth.

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