RES Americas Announces Completion of 267 MW Washington Wind Project

RES Americas Washington Wind Project ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc, a leader in the development and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in North America, has announced substantial completion of the Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington State. RES Americas served as the Balance of Plant (BOP) construction contractor for the project’s owner, Portland General Electric (PGE), an investor owned utility in Oregon.

Located on 20,000 acres in Washington’s Columbia County, the 267 megawatt (MW) project consists of 116 2.3 MW Siemens turbines and is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power the homes of approximately 84,000 average residential customers. Construction of the project began in September 2013 and was completed in December 2014. The project was completed on time and constructed for a fixed price budget of $500 million, excluding AFDC.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm provided many economic benefits to the region. The project employed hundreds of workers during the construction phase and up to 18 full-time operations and maintenance staff will be employed during operations.

“RES Americas is pleased to have completed construction on the Tucannon River Wind Farm for our valued client Portland General Electric,” said Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer.

We have significant experience in the Pacific Northwest and have seen, first hand, the benefits wind energy brings to the region. We are proud to be a part Washington’s energy community and look forward to its continued growth.

“Tucannon River is a key infrastructure investment for PGE that brings increased diversity to our energy supply portfolio, and will serve our customers with clean, renewable energy for decades to come,” said Jim Piro, PGE’s president and CEO.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is the sixth project constructed by RES in the adjoining Columbia and Garfield counties bringing continued economic benefits to the region.

RES Group currently has more than 1,200 MW of wind and solar power under construction throughout the world.

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  • These type of windpower machines, grouped together in large numbers, are still a threat to the bats and birds in the area. Plus, a wind farm makes downstream disruptive turbulence, which renders land unfarmable for up to two miles.

    There are several foundational design flaws with the traditional type of wind energy harvesting machine presently being installed at wind farms worldwide. Now it is an off-shore activity. There are still migrating birds to consider

    In the U.S., more bats than birds die from wind farms, because of ‘barotrauma’ (their little lungs explode) when just flying in the downwind vicinity of the spinning turbine blades, which create a LOW PRESSURE by the wind energy extraction. Raptors are also in danger. They don’t see it coming, and aren’t expecting SPINNING MONSTER BLADES to be in their way.

    The downstream turbulence caused by windfarms makes a 2 mile area unfarmable, with a disruptive atmospheric influence to pollinating insects and the like. Not to mention they look downright ugly to me, personally.

    The AXLED WHEEL is not to be found in Nature’s doings. But there they are, doing their disruptive, photo-strobing sound effects thing! Just sayin’.

    So, what is the solution? COMPREHEND AND COPY NATURE’S WAY OF GETTING THE JOB DONE. And how could that be accomplished?

    I’ve been working on a design that has been measured to be 3X as efficient as its spinning bladed counterpart! It could be scaled up to the same size as these, without danger to the wildlife in the area.

    In this particular wind energy harvesting design, the Humpback whale’s tail is mimicked to extract energy from the wind! No more disruptive downstream turbulence created by spinning, chopping blades!

    It is a teeter totter oscillation which will happen at a MUCH lower windspeed, as well. This is because there is so much more SURFACE AREA for the wind to contact, when compared to the bladed version.

    Utilizing an oscillating wing also gives more LIFT in higher winds, to give more power output on the downstroke due to GRAVITY.

    Yes, the teeter totter effect allows the Bernoulli principle of lift, and the downward pull of gravity to be used together to create a documented 3X more power output!

    My WHALE’S TAIL WIND ENERGY HARVESTER design is coming together. I’m now in the process of gathering materials to make a 4ft wingspan prototype to test it out further:

    Scroll down to the bottom of this link to see the animated comparison
    calculations which prove this winged, teeter totter wind energy harvesting
    design is 3X more efficient…

    Please, do share with me your thoughts.

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