Puget Sound Energy celebrates opening of Lower Snake River Wind Project
In May 2012, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) hosted community members, elected officials and clean energy advocates to celebrate the grand opening of its 343 MW Lower Snake River Wind Facility. The project began commercial operations in February 2012 and currently consists of 149 wind turbines nestled in the farmlands of Garfield County, WA. The project will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power 100,000 homes on average.
Garfield County has a strong tradition of land stewardship and agricultural practices, enabling resource-based projects like wind farms that complement the local economy and communities. The Lower Snake River project has been an economic boon to the region, generating as many as 250 on-site jobs during construction and 25 permanent jobs based in Pomeroy, WA.
Additionally, the project creates significant economic activity in the area through lease and royalty payments and tax revenue that supports schools and public services. During the two-year construction period, the project paid about $840,000 in state and local property taxes, $317,000 of which went to local schools, and $127,000 to county road improvements.
The Lower Snake River Wind Facility could see more development and related benefits to come; the project is permitted for 795 wind turbines in Garfield and Columbia counties.
If development ensues as permits authorize, the project would become one of the largest wind farms in the country.
Renewable Northwest Project was pleased to attend the grand opening celebration of the Lower Snake River project and congratulates PSE and the Garfield County community on this landmark project for our region.
For more information about the project, visit: http://pse.com/inyourcommunity/sewashington/Pages/Lower-Snake-River.aspx
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