renewable energy

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

Last summer my wife and I took a road trip to Eastern Washington for a hike, and stumbled upon the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility located outside of Ellensburg. We weren’t expecting to see much, but stopped by the Visitor’s Center and found the experience really interesting. The facility spans 10,000 acres and includes 149 wind turbines generating up to 273 megawatts, as well as a solar PV installation that can generate an additional 502 kilowatts. That’s enough to power 63,000 homes. We happened to visit on a day that included a wine tasting event and nature walk. After enjoying some excellent samplings of local sauvignon blanc and rose, we took a short half mile hike with a local botanist, who pointed out some of the native wildflowers that were just finishing their short burst of spring color. The area is also one of the few places in Washington […]