Benton County Tax Revenue
The Horse Heaven Wind Farm represents significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment. The property tax revenue over the life of the project for one 250 MW facility is estimated at $26.9 million dollars, and under current allocations, the largest proportion of those funds would support local schools.
Construction & Permanent Job Growth
Constructing wind farms requires the efforts of many skilled construction workers, from building local access roads and foundations to support the turbines, to crane operators that erect the turbines and electricians who connect the facility to the power grid. Once the facility is operational, wind turbine service technicians inspect turbines and provide regular maintenance. The Horse Heaven Wind Farm will result in approximately 300 temporary construction jobs and 12-16 long-term family-wage positions once the facility begins operation.
Wind is a renewable energy source, and wind power has some of the lowest environmental impacts of any source of electricity generation. Unlike conventional sources, wind power has no carbon emissions, uses no water, and doesn't create smog that triggers asthma attacks. Wind farms also leave the overwhelming majority of land they’re built on undisturbed.
Supporting Local Farmers
The Horse Heaven Wind Farm will be located on primarily private, cultivated land where most of area under lease is operated as dry-land wheat farms. The project will co-exist well with agricultural uses in the area, allowing farmers to continue growing crops while generating additional revenue from the turbines. In fact, each turbine and associated access roads removes only about a half-acre from agricultural production. Participating in the project offers farmers diversification and supplemental income, which ultimately supports long-term farm revenue and property ownership.
Building a Cleaner Future
Utilities across Washington State seek to use renewable energy for their electricity needs, and businesses are also increasing their commitment to renewable power. In 2019 the state enacted a law that commits Washington to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. As part of this directive, coal plants in the Pacific Northwest will be retired, creating a regional capacity shortfall. At full build-out, the project will generate up to 600MW or enough renewable energy to power approximately 140,000 homes.
Flexibility & Diversity
The Horse Heaven project will contribute to a diverse energy market that is affordable, reliable and meets the needs of Washington businesses and communities. To operate reliably, our power grid requires energy, capacity, and flexibility. Portfolio diversity is the key to a reliable power system, as no resource is available 100% of the time and all power plants are dependent on all others to back them up. Wind energy fits well into this mix as a low-cost source of energy, offering capacity and flexibility to alleviate extreme winter price swings and help keep the lights on.
Scouting Frontiers of Renewable Energy
Scout is a renewable energy development company focused on utility-scale wind and solar development. We are committed to working closely with property owners and local stakeholders to develop responsible wind energy projects, and our team has experience in the local community. The Scout team has an extensive track record developing large-scale wind energy projects. The most recent include the Persimmon Creek Wind Farm in Oklahoma and the Ranchero Wind Farm in Texas.