Energy Northwest’s Executive Board voted unanimously on April 30, 2003, to approve the issuance of municipal bonds to finance the 15.6 MW Phase II expansion of Nine Canyon Wind Project, located near Kennewick, Washington.Kennewick, Washington – May 19, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The bond sale took place on April 29 in the amount of US$21,720,000. These are tax-exempt, AAA insured, 20-year municipal bonds, designed to reach maturity at the same time as the 22-year bonds that were issued to finance the original 48.1 MW wind project. Interest on the bonds will be an average of 4.92 percent. The Phase II expansion will result in the addition of 12 more wind turbine generators identical to the 37 turbines currently generating power at the project. The addition will bring the total project capacity to 63.7 MW. This is enough electricity to power over 16,000 homes. The additional power will be fed to the existing substation at Nine Canyon Wind Project, then into the regional Bonneville Power Administration high voltage transmission grid. The purchasing utilities for the power from the expansion are Chelan County PUD, Douglas County PUD, Grays Harbor County PUD, Mason County PUD No. 3 and Okanogan County PUD. As with the original phase of the project, Benton County PUD will install the electrical infrastructure. Construction on the project should begin in early June. Crews will erect of the first of the 12 new turbines in August, which will begin producing power by the end of September. Full commercial operation of the Phase II turbines is scheduled to occur in December.