First wind farm in Washington state

A Boston company wants to build a wind farm near Oakesdale, about 30 miles south of Spokane. The Spokesman-Review reports it would be the first commercial wind farm in Whitman County.

The First Wind Energy company is seeking permits for up to 50 wind turbines on land leased from farmers. First Wind’s Northwest director, Ben Fairbanks, says the site was selected for its combination of prevailing winds and proximity to a transmission line. He says the wind farm could generate enough electricity for 25,000 homes.

First Wind is an independent wind power company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind farm projects in the United States.

Based in Boston, First Wind has wind farm projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 504 megawatts of power.