The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council on Thursday approved the 22-turbine expansion of Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Power Project located 17 miles east of Ellensburg north of Vantage Highway.
The project, which started full operation in December 2006, currently has 127 turbines and plans to add most of the additional 22 turbines on land PSE purchased immediately north of its existing project on Whisky Dick Mountain.
PSE officials said the estimated $100 million expansion will start sometime in April with completion at the end of the year.
Main contractor for the work will be Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc.
EFSEC officials said representatives of the Desert Claim Wind Power Project, a 90-turbine wind farm planned for eight miles north of Ellensburg, are expected to soon ask EFSEC for an extension of time for review of the project. The project, in a revised plan, was submitted to EFSEC in November 2006.