First 30 Megawatt Portion of Phase II Now Complete
GOLDENDALE, WA – Renewable energy pioneers Cannon Power Group announced today the first portion of turbines, generating 30 MW of power, are now operating at Phase II its of Windy Points/Windy Flats wind project.
This second phase of the project is expected to be fully completed in late 2009, Windy Point/Windy Flats will be one of the largest wind projects in the U.S. in terms of size – 26 contiguous miles of ridgeline along the Columbia River – and on completion will generate 500 MW of wind power that will generate enough clean electricity for more than 250,000 households per year and displace over 800 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“The continued expansion of our Windy Point/Windy Flats wind project is going very well,” said Gary Hardke, president and managing director of Cannon Power Group. “We expect to add an additional 60 MW to Phase II – this will increase the total size of Phase II from 202 MW to 262 MW.
Phase I of Windy Point/Windy Flats, Wind Point, a 137 MW project of Siemens and REpower turbines, was completed in May 2009 and sold in July 2009 for $385 million to Tuolumne Wind Project Authority – a California joint powers agency formed by Turlock Irrigation District and Walnut Energy Center Authority.
The power generated by Phase II is expected to be sold to a California off-taker, according to Cannon. Hardke indicated that he expected details of that transaction to be released shortly.