Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center, Ellensburg

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The Renewable Energy Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, from April through November 15th. Weather permitting, free guided tours depart daily from the Renewable Energy Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; no reservation is needed for these tours. The daily tours last 45-60 minutes and are suitable for most age groups (hard hats may not fit very young children, and participants need to be able to walk 1/3 of a mile). Please wear closed-toed shoes. We are 30 minutes east of Ellensburg, WA on the Vantage Highway (not I-90). Please plan accordingly.

We will cover the technology and capabilities of the wind farm, while viewing a solar array, wind turbine generator, a wind turbine blade along the trail, and the inside of the base of a wind turbine.

To schedule a separate, group tour of Wild Horse, please call 509-964-7815. The wind farm is an excellent location for school field trips, business meetings, car club gatherings, and more. The conference room is available by advanced reservation. It features a meeting room accommodating 48 people and a full kitchen.

Set on a ridge at 3,500 ft. ridge, the visitor center provides views of the wind turbines, solar array, and the Cascade mountain range. On a clear day you can see the vast Columbia Basin, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility has 149 turbines spanning 10,800 acres, and it is the 2nd of 3 wind facilities owned by Puget Sound Energy. The facility can generate up to 273 megawatts of electricity, and on average, powers 60,000-70,000 homes.

Weather Cam: http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/WildHorseWind/1/show.html?MR=1

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  • Visiting the wind farm can be an educational experience for people of all ages. We visited with a group of students from Japan.  more »
  • I can always see the wind farm towers in the distance from the Ellensburg valley. Lots of my friends have seen them too as they have driven through the area. So, whenever these friends come to town...  more »
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  • This was a really interesting tour. We were able to go inside one of the wind turbines (not up to the top) and examine an out of commission one that had been put on the ground, among other things. The scale of the turbines are -literally-awesome. The facility is beautiful and the staff are really knowledgeable.
  • The first thing your amazed at is being so close to such a large structure but to go in one was jaw dropping.

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