The Northwest's first commercial wind project -- the 24.9 MW Vansycle Ridge Wind Farm developed by FPL Energy Inc -- was dedicated on December 3. Thirty-eight Danish Vestas turbines located on two private farms east of the Columbia River will produce power for the sole use of Portland General Electric (PGE), according to the utility. Customers will pay for the electricity through their rates, being bought by PGE under a 30 year contract.
FPL is committed to monitoring any impact on avian and bat species. The project consists of two strings of turbines, one of 28 machines and the other of ten. Three-and-half miles of underground cable and five miles of overhead cables take the power to the grid.