Community Wind Farm Goes Live In Washington


Seattle-based energy and facility services firm McKinstry and the owners of Swauk Creek Ranch – a privately-owned, 3,865-acre reserve in Kittitas County, Wash. – have completed a 4.25 MW community wind farm.

The project consists of five Gamesa 850 kW G58 wind turbines, and it is the first to be completed by McKinstry's new turnkey development service for distributed generation projects. The company partnered with Puget Sound Energy to connect the wind project to the grid for local consumption.

‘These five turbines represent forward thinking about energy development in our county,’ says Kittitas County Commissioner Paul Jewell. ‘This project is a great example of the ways the county and property owners can work together to enhance our energy production independence, reduce energy costs and leverage local resources to build industry."

The project was made possible, in part, through a $9 million allocation of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds issued by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. McKinstry says this was the first use of such bonds for private activity in Washington.

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