LIND - Energy Central reports that Clearway Energy Group has began construction on the Rattlesnake Flat wind farm near Lind in Adams County. The renewable energy plot is 160 megawatts. Blattner Energy is the lead contractor on the project. The project will consist of 57 turbines as well as a project substation, transmission line, and an operations and maintenance building. The project is expected to reach commercial operations later this year and will commence generation under a 20-year contract with Avista Utilities.
“Amid this global crisis, we're proud that partners like Blattner share our commitment to safety and health and have enabled us to navigate the challenging circumstances in a way that prioritizes the well-being of our people and communities,” Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway Energy Group told Energy Central. “As we deepen our roots in Washington and Adams County, we will continue seeking opportunities to offer any support to those hardest hit by this crisis.”
Recently, Clearway announced donations to local foods banks which included the Ritzville Food Pantry, the Washtucna Food Bank, the Ralston Grange Hall, and other locations.
“Blattner Energy is honored to continue to work with Clearway and provide a collaborative construction experience for them and the Adams County community,” Scott Blattner told Energy Central, President of Blattner Energy. “This project builds upon Blattner's leading experience in renewable energy construction and expertise of over 875 megawatts of wind energy in the state of Washington alone. Safety is a top priority at Blattner and we seek to never compromise it in all that we do, especially in today's environment. We take pride in the safety, quality and stewardship put forth on each project and are pleased to do so again with Clearway.”
Rattlesnake Flat is expected to create up to 250 jobs during construction and invest millions of dollars in eastern Washington.
“Adams County has and remains an agricultural community, but in order to grow our economy, we need to diversify,” said County Commissioner John Marshall. “Adams County is excited to host its first wind farm and continue its support of the renewable energy industry. After years of research, planning, and cooperation, Clearway is poised and ready to build the newest wind energy farm in Washington State.”