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Renewable energy leaders, elected officials, students and the Sherman County community gathered in the wheat fields east of Wasco, Ore., to celebrate the opening of Iberdrola Renewables' Klondike III and IIIa wind farms. The new projects encompass 176 new turbines, which generate power for Bonneville Power Administration, Eugene Water & Power Board, Puget Sound Energy and others. Together, Klondike I, II, III and IIIa generate a total of 400 MW.

The projects will also serve as testing grounds for new technology and training sites for wind technicians. Iberdrola donated $50,000 a year for three years to Columbia Gorge Community College for its renewable energy training program.

"Columbia Gorge Community College wants to recognize Iberdrola Renewables for being a strong partner for our renewable energy technology program," says Susan Wolff, chief academic officer at the college. "They were the first wind energy company to provide financial support for the program, in addition to making facilities and personnel available to meet with our faculty and students."

Technicians who train at Klondike gain experience with cutting-edge turbine technology. The Klondike III project is the North American test site for the flagship Mitsubishi 2.4 MW, 92-meter rotor wind turbine manufactured in Japan. The turbine is designed to resist storm winds and lightning strikes. Klondike II has also been the U.S. test site for the prototype XLE wind turbine, debuting an 82-meter rotor coupled with the GE Energy 1.5 MW turbine platform.

SOURCE: Iberdrola Renewables

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