Windy Point/Windy Flats Take Part in Local Energy Expo
GOLDENDALE, WA – Renewable energy pioneers Cannon Power Group participated in the Goldendale Energy Exposition at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds last weekend with a hands-on exhibition of its Windy Point/Windy Flats project, one of the largest wind projects in the world.
Over 200 people attended the two-day event sponsored by the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the responsible use of energy including generation and conversation techniques. Participants enjoyed a series of workshops and demonstrations on the variety of energy options available, as the Goldendale area has become a premier location for renewable energy development, and took home handfuls of reusable water bottles and wind fans.
“This was a great opportunity for our team to get out and meet with the community to better educate them on the unique benefits of renewable energy and our project,” said Gary Hardke, president and managing director of Cannon Power Group. “The success of Windy Point/Windy Flats is largely due to the support of the people of Goldendale and we were pleased to be part of this event.”
Expected to be fully completed in 2010, Windy Point/Windy Flats is located along 26 contiguous miles of ridgeline along the Columbia River – covering over 90 square miles. Its anticipated capacity of over 500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy will generate enough clean electricity for more than 250,000 households per year and will displace at least 800 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Cannon Power Group recently celebrated with Goldendale community the commissioning of Phase I of the project, Windy Point. Construction for Phase II, also known as Windy Flats, is well underway and due to be completed by the first quarter of 2010.
The entire project is creating more than 150 local jobs for the next two years in everything from office administrators to technicians, and hiring nearly 75 percent of the employees from the Klickitat County area.
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Klickitat County will see property tax revenues of approximately $2 million a year from Windy Point/Windy Flats that helps fund community needs such as libraries, schools, and fire protection services. The rent the project will pay local landowners will inject another $2 million a year directly into the local economy for the next 20 years, the expected life of the project. As now planned, the project’s estimated total capital investment in Klickitat County is over $700 million and any eventual expansion will yield additional community revenue and support
California also will benefit from the Windy Point/Windy Flats project which could help the state meet its renewable energy goals since two California off-takers are expected to purchase over 330 MW from Phase I and Phase II. Turlock Irrigation District acquired the 136.6 MW of power from Phase I – enough to power over 68,000 homes – and another California entity is expected for Phase II with additional commitments expected in the near future.
Phase I of the three-phase project included over twenty miles of roads, nine miles of transmission lines, over 87 miles of underground cable, two project substations and foundations and installments of 62 turbines (42 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines and 20 REpower 2.0 MW turbines). Cannon Power Construction Company acted as construction contractor.
Construction of the infrastructure for Phase II is adding another 21 miles of roads, ten miles of transmission lines, an additional two project substations, along with 88 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines. Cannon Power Group recently announced its intention to further expand Phase II by an additional 26 turbines (approximately 60 MW), which would bring Phase II to over 260 MW.