Wind Project Begins Commercial Operations

On September 25, 2002, Nine Canyon Wind Project began commercial operations. This milestone ended the construction phase of the 48 MW project, owned and operated by Energy Northwest…

Richland, Washington – October 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] On September 25, 2002, Nine Canyon Wind Project began commercial operations. This milestone ended the construction phase of the 48 MW project, owned and operated by Energy Northwest. The last of the 37 wind turbines was erected at the end of August, followed by a period of extensive acceptance testing. The 200-foot towers mount 1.3 MW turbines manufactured in Denmark by Bonus A/S. The general contractor is Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a company that is developing wind projects worldwide. The wind turbines were provided by Bonus Energy, a Danish company. Construction of the project was completed by the RES/Bonus team on time and within budget. “RES and Bonus have built us a terrific wind energy project,” said Dan Porter, project development manager for Energy Northwest. “The quality of the installation is very impressive, a direct result of the dedication and cooperation of the RES and Bonus project managers and construction crews.” “The Bonus turbines are outstanding,” said Terry Meade, the operations manager for Energy Northwest. “They are truly quality machines, and we look forward to many years of reliable operation, harnessing the energy of the wind.” The Nine Canyon Wind Project was built to meet the growing desire for green energy in the Northwest. Power from the project is purchased by a group of eight Public Utility Districts in the state of Washington: Benton PUD, Chelan PUD, Douglas PUD, Grant PUD, Grays Harbor PUD, Lewis PUD, Mason PUD No. 3, and Okanogan PUD. Columbia Generating Station also has purchased a portion of the power generated by the project. The Nine Canyon Wind Project joins Energy Northwest’s growing portfolio of Renewable Energy projects. Packwood Lake Hydroelectric Project is a 27 MW generator of power certified as “green” by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, providing environmentally friendly power since 1966. White Bluffs Solar Station, the largest solar photovoltaic project in the Northwest, began commercial operation in May 2002. “The Nine Canyon Wind Project was developed to meet the growing demand for renewable resources in the region,” said Vic Parrish, Energy Northwest’s CEO. “A project that combines public power and Renewable Energy is a real asset to the Northwest.”

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