Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in North America, is pleased to announce substantial completion of the Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington State. RES Americas served as the Balance of Plant (BOP) construction contractor for the project's owner, Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE:POR), an investor owned utility in Oregon.
Located on 20,000 acres in Washington's Columbia County, the 267 megawatt (MW) project consists of 116 2.3 MW Siemens (NYSE: SI) turbines and is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power the homes of approximately 84,000 average residential customers. Construction of the project began in September 2013 and was completed in December 2014. The project was completed on time and constructed for a fixed price budget of $500 million, excluding AFDC.
The Tucannon River Wind Farm provided many economic benefits to the region. The project employed hundreds of workers during the construction phase and up to 18 full-time operations and maintenance staff will be employed during operations.
"RES Americas is pleased to have completed construction on the Tucannon River Wind Farm for our valued client Portland General Electric," said Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer. "We have significant experience in the Pacific Northwest and have seen, first hand, the benefits wind energy brings to the region. We are proud to be a part Washington's energy community and look forward to its continued growth."
"Tucannon River is a key infrastructure investment for PGE that brings increased diversity to our energy supply portfolio, and will serve our customers with clean, renewable energy for decades to come," said Jim Piro, PGE's president and CEO.
The Tucannon River Wind Farm is the sixth project constructed by RES in the adjoining Columbia and Garfield counties bringing continued economic benefits to the region.
RES Group currently has more than 1,200 MW of wind and solar power under construction throughout the world.