The wind farm will be located on private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands southwest of Rawlins. The eventual size of the Whirlwind I project will be determined by a number of factors, including transmission capacity and siting constraints.
Pathfinder and Wold say they will explore and evaluate transmission and off-take opportunities to maximize the value of the wind resource of the project. The TransWest Express Transmission Project, which is being developed by The Anschutz Corp., has a proposed terminal near Whirlwind I, and other transmission projects are continually being evaluated.
Whirlwind I is in the process of being permitted and will begin an environmental study process with the BLM early this year. The proposed in-service date of the project is 2015.