Construction is proceeding on the 205 megawatt (MW) White Creek Wind Project in Klickitat County, Washington, due to the successful completion of financing. All local and state permits have been issued for the windfarm, which is located on 9,500 acres of ranchland, 21 miles east of Goldendale. Operation is expected in late 2007 or early 2008.
Four sponsoring utilities entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) with White Creek Wind I and have the option to repurchase the project after 10 years.
“This is an excellent site for wind power production and has the capability for further expansion,” said Robin Rego, White Creek Wind Project Chairman and General Manager of Lakeview Light & Power. “We recognized several years ago that Bonneville Power Administration’s power allocation in 2011 will not meet our load growth or the needs of the region. This project puts us ahead of the curve in providing adequate, clean energy for Pacific Northwest electric customers.”
Siemens Power Generation will supply, install and commission 89, 2.3-MW wind turbines and associated towers and other equipment at the project. Turbine delivery will begin this June and construction will be complete by December. RES America Construction, Inc. began work on roads and other site improvements last September.
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