Bellingham-based Cascade Community Wind Company has obtained building permits from Kittitas County Community Development Services for its first two community-supported wind turbine projects.
The first turbine will be sited along Watt Canyon Road near Thorp. It is a 100-kilowatt wind turbine with a 60-foot diameter rotor on an 80-foot tower and is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 45 energy efficient homes.
This turbine is expected to increase local economic activity by $95,000 per year, increase tax revenue by $8,800 and create 0.8 jobs, according to a company press release.
The second permitted turbine is planned for Three Bar G Ranch on Thorp Prairie Road. It will also be a 100-kilowatt turbine. Both turbines are expected to be operating in the next few months.
Cascade Community Wind has also secured a lease on land north of Slater Road in Whatcom County for its first project west of the mountains, scheduled to be operating by the middle of next year.
Community-supported wind turbines are made possible through the purchase of subscriptions. It also helps rural landowners find a profitable use for their land that doesn’t interfere with their agricultural operations, while producing clean, renewable energy, according to the press release.
Cascade Community Wind Company is managed by Terrance Meyer. For more information contact Cascade Community Wind Company at (360) 306-5331, or cascadecommunitywind.com.
DAVE GALLAGHER, Bellingham Herald – http://www.bellinghamherald.com/602/story/1192681.html