Wind energy project in Washington begins operations

The 343 MW capacity Lower Snake River Wind Facility-Phase I began commercial operations Feb. 29 in Washington State.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) began construction of the Lower Snake River Wind Facility in May 2010 with lead contractor Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). It uses 149 Siemens (NYSE: SI) wind turbines.

The project ties into the Northwest grid at the Bonneville Power Administration’s recently completed Central Ferry substation.

The project is PSE’s third wind project. The other two projects are the 157 MW Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility, built in 2005, and the 273 MW Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, built in 2006 and expanded in 2009.

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