in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind and utility Avista have announced that the Palouse Wind project has entered commercial operation in eastern Washington.

The 105 MW project features 58 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines installed at the project site, which is situated between the town of Oakesdale and State Route 195 on the hills surrounding Naff Ridge. The project was built by Madison, Wis.-based RMT, which has been the general contractor on seven of First Wind's projects.

Avista is purchasing the energy produced by the Palouse Wind project under a 30-year power purchase agreement and will receive the power through a direct interconnection to the Avista 230 kV Benewah-to-Shawnee transmission line. This is the first wind project built in Avista’s service territory.

In a separate agreement, First Wind and Cook Inlet Region Inc., an Alaska Native corporation, completed a $50 million tax-equity financing deal.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Smart Community Engagement: Twelve Tips Every Wind Developer Should Know

Community engagement helps ensure a project runs smoothly, but it can also save developers money and even lead to a more successful wind industry overall.


Bird Groups Target LEEDCo's Icebreaker Offshore Wind Pilot

Two bird conservation groups that helped halt a wind project earlier this year argue that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s (LEEDCo) 18 MW offshore demo poses a major risk to regional wildlife.


Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.

UEA_id1896
WomenofWind_id
Acciona_id1907
JLG_id1900
AWEA_id1886
bonfiglioli_id1913