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RNP News Item
May 3, 2012

Congratulations to First Wind on Palouse Wind Project

RNP member, First Wind, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its Palouse Wind Project in Whitman County, Washington. The project, expected to be fully operational by year end, will have the capability to produce 105 MWs of power. It is expected to create 100-200 jobs during construction and will generate approximately $12 million in property tax revenues over the next 20 years to benefit the community.

Vestas, also an RNP member, will supply turbines for the Palouse project. Nearly all of the main components will be manufactured in the USA at Vestas’ production facilities in Colorado.

During the ceremony, First Wind CEO, Paul Gaynor, presented a $3,000 scholarship to local high school student, Heidi Jamison. Ms. Jamison, a senior at Garfield-Palouse High School, won the scholarship based on academic excellence and interest in science. 

 

For details about the project and its benefits to farmers and the local economy, watch this KREM News video: http://www.krem.com/news/local/Work-underway-on-new-Whitman-County-wind-farm-149750425.html

Read the Associated Press report: http://www.cnbc.com/id/47248735

 

Congratulations to First Wind on this fine new Northwest project!


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