First Wind begins construction on wind power project in Washington

First Wind on May 1 started major construction on its first wind project in Washington state, the 105 MW Palouse Wind in northern Whitman County.

Project construction will include the installation of 58 Vestas V100-1.8 MW turbines, with turbine deliveries expected within the next month.

Avista Corp. will purchase the energy produced by the Palouse Wind project and will take delivery of the power through a direct interconnect to the Avista 230 kV Benewah-to-Shawnee transmission line.  This will be the first wind project built in Avista’s service territory and it will help Avista achieve its goal of meeting Washington State’s renewable portfolio standard.

Construction of the project is expected to be completed by November and it will be online and operating by the end of 2012.

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