Pattern Energy Group LP's Hatchet Ridge wind project in Burney, Calif., is now operational. Pattern held an opening ceremony to celebrate the commencement of operations at the 101.2 MW project.
RES America Construction Inc. constructed the infrastructure supporting the turbines, and Siemens Energy erected 44 Siemens SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines, each with an output capacity of 2.3 MW. Siemens manufactured the turbine blades at its Fort Madison, Iowa, facility, and Ameron International of Fontana, Calif., manufactured the turbine towers. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will purchase the power under a 15-year power purchase agreement.
Hatchet Ridge Wind created approximately 200 jobs during its construction and 10 ongoing permanent positions for the operations and maintenance of the wind project, which will be supplemented periodically with local vendors and temporary staff for maintenance activities.
In addition, Hatchet Ridge Wind is investing $5 million in the local community through the Shasta County General Fund, the Burney-Fall River Education Foundation, and the Burney Regional Community Fund, which is administered by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.
SOURCE: Pattern Energy Group LP