Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has announced that beginning April 1, visitors will be able to tour its 273 MW Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, which is located about a two-hour drive east of Seattle.
Visitors to the facility learn about renewable energy from the center's informational displays, as well as from guided hikes past operating wind turbines and solar power arrays.
The visitor center will be open from April to November (weather permitting) seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free guided tours of the renewable energy facility occur daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with no reservation required. Tours and presentations for private groups, including tour-bus groups, also can be scheduled.
Completed in 2006 and expanded in 2009, the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility contains 149 wind turbines and 2,723 solar panels that together generate enough electricity to power about 70,000 households, according to PSE. Since the facility opened in 2008, the site has welcomed more than 82,000 visitors, including more than 1,100 school and community groups.