Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has erected the first wind turbine for the first phase of its 343 MW Lower Snake River wind project in Garfield County, Wash.
The first of the project's 430-foot-tall turbines was installed by the turbine manufacturer, Siemens Energy. All 149 turbines are expected to be erected and operating by 2012.
Many of the turbine nacelles are being manufactured at a Siemens plant in Hutchinson, Kan. A Siemens factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, is producing all the Lower Snake River turbine blades.
PSE and its lead contractor, RES Americas – together with Siemens Energy and various subcontractors – started building the Lower Snake River project in May 2010. Over the past 11 months, project work has focused on building access roads and installing underground power cables that will deliver the turbines' electricity to the large on-site substations now under construction as well.
Work also is progressing on the project's operations and maintenance (O&M) building on the outskirts of Pomeroy, Wash. The 15,000-square-foot O&M building along Falling Springs Road will contain office, warehouse and workshop space.
Siemens' employees will be responsible for all maintenance of PSE's Phase I wind turbines, while PSE's staff will manage the production and transmission of the wind facility's electric power.
SOURCE: Puget Sound Energy