Oregon based PPM Energy kept a busy schedule last month commissioning the 150 MW Shiloh wind farm in northern California while announcing a third act in their series of Klondike projects in northern Oregon. The $235 million Shiloh project, near Rio Vista, in Solano County, California, was originally acquired in a fully permitted stage from Enxco, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles of France. It lies between major customer centres in San Francisco and Sacramento and near the operating 162 MW High Winds Energy Center, from which PPM buys all the output for supply to wholesale customers. The power from Shiloh goes to California customers through power purchase agreements to City of Palo Alto Utilities, Modesto Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric. Separately, PPM Energy announced plans for construction on the Klondike III Wind Project near Wasco, Oregon. Located in Sherman County next to PPM's existing 24 MW Klondike I and 75 MW Klondike II wind stations, Klondike III will eclipse the first two combined with a rated capacity of 221 MW output. Klondike III will use 44 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and 80 GE 1.5 MW units. PPM Energy is in discussions with a number of entities for the sale of energy and renewable energy credits from the project.
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