Project Development, Solar, Wind Power

Puget Sound Energy Delivers Wind Power on Time

In late December, the 229-megawatt (MW) Wild Horse Wind Project in Kittitas County, Washington, began commercial operation for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers.

Combined with the 83-turbine Hopkins Ridge Wind Project that PSE built in 2005 in southeast Washington, and Wild Horse’s 127 turbines on Whisky Dick Mountain, both PSE windfarms can meet the power needs of some 125,000 households in the Pacific Northwest. PSE also has near-term plans that call for building a large solar-powered generating facility at the Wild Horse windfarm site. At 500 kilowatts, the pilot solar project would nearly double Washington’s entire solar-powered electricity generation and be four times larger than the biggest individual solar facility now operating in the Northwest. In November PSE issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the design and development of the solar project, which will sit on about eight acres of PSE-owned land on the 9,000-acre Wild Horse site. If the solar project meets its goal, it will be generating electricity by late 2007, sending its power output along with Wild Horse’s wind-generated power through the PSE transmission system to serve customers.