WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. -- The transformation of farm land into a new wind farm is complete.
The energy generated from the wind farm between Oakesdale and Rosalia is being pumped directly through Avista’s transmission lines.
It is a lot of power.
First Wind, an independent wind energy company, put up the 58 state-of-the art wind turbines that now dot the hillside
The turbines are 262 tall and have a rotor sweep area the length of a football field. Together, they produce enough renewable energy to power approximately 30,000 of Avista’s customer’s homes.
The turbines began commercial operation Dec. 14, pumping power into the grid.
The project is part of Avista’s diverse energy portfolio which includes hydro, coal, and natural gas. Avista said having the variety of energy supplies benefits customers.
“It mixes the price between different projects and comes out with the blend that we have. We've have some the lowest cost rates of investor owned utility in the nation as a result,” said Bob Lafferty, Avista Director of Power Supply.
The wind farm is expected to generate about $700,000 annually for Whitman County in property tax revenue for the next 20 years.