Harnessing the Horse Heaven Wind
At full build-out of a 600 MW facility, the Horse Heaven project could generate up to $60 million in property tax revenue to Benton County over the design life of the project (approximately 25 years), and under current allocations, the largest proportion of those funds would support local schools.
Scout Clean Energy has been working to develop a wind energy project in Benton County, and this year is anticipated to reach important milestones for permitting and construction. The Horse Heaven Wind Farm project will be located just south of the Tri-Cities and would bring up to 600 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to the region and the state of Washington.
The Horse Heaven Wind Farm will consist of up to 198 GE turbines and produce enough electricity to power about 140,000 homes with clean, renewable energy — while also generating local tax revenue and employment opportunities. The project will create approximately 300 temporary construction jobs and 12-16 long-term family-wage positions once the facility begins operation.