Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind and utility Avista have announced that the Palouse Wind project has entered commercial operation in eastern Washington.
The 105 MW project features 58 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines installed at the project site, which is situated between the town of Oakesdale and State Route 195 on the hills surrounding Naff Ridge. The project was built by Madison, Wis.-based RMT, which has been the general contractor on seven of First Wind's projects.
Avista is purchasing the energy produced by the Palouse Wind project under a 30-year power purchase agreement and will receive the power through a direct interconnection to the Avista 230 kV Benewah-to-Shawnee transmission line. This is the first wind project built in Avista's service territory.
In a separate agreement, First Wind and Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native corporation, completed a $50 million tax-equity financing deal.