Wild Horse Wind Farm
This week’s Photohunt theme is Technology. Yes, I know – at first glance – it is not obvious. But look closer, this is a wind farm. These are the wind turbines in Eastern Washington which use the state of the art technology to gather the wind and turn it in to electricity.
Wild Horse Wind Farm is located on Whiskey Dick Mountain between Ellensburg and Vantage Washington. For many years, this was our favorite area to visit in early May to search for desert wildflowers of Eastern Washington. A couple of years ago, we noticed construction on top of Whiskey Dick and worried that the area would be destroyed. But it was not. Puget Sound Energy took great pains to restore the area and replant the native plants.
There are 127 turbines spread out over just under 10,000 acres. We visited last year and were amazed at the size of the turbines. They are 221 feet tall and the blades are 264 feet across in diameter. That is larger than the wingspan of a Boeing 747! They generate 229 megawatts of energy.
But wind is not the only natural resource harnessed with technology for a renewable energy in Washington State. We are also fortunate to have the Columbia River which through a series of dam produce electricity used throughout the west. The biggest dam – Grand Coulee.
Here are a few more pictures and a short video of the wind farm in action.
School buses near the base of the turbines for size comparison