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Wild Horse Wind Farm Expansion, Adding Turbines and Revenue

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NEAR VANTAGE, Wash-- As the wind whips at the Wild Horse Wind Farm, power is being generated and jobs produced.

"The county road fund, the county general fund will also see some new tax money based upon this projects value," said Brian Lenz, government and community relations manager, Puget Sound Energy.

Wild Horse currently contributes around 1.5 million tax dollars to local schools and government services. The 22 new wind turbines will whirl even more tax revenue into the local economy.

Around 150 people are working on the expansion. They're constructing nacelles, which house the generator.

Permanent jobs for operations and maintenance will be available once the expansion's complete.

Visitors flock to see the impressive turbines. Teens from the Tri-cities toured the Renewable Energy Center Thursday afternoon. The girls said they're interested in "green jobs."

"Most definitely, I think it has great growth for the future so it'd be an amazing job opportunity," said Kendall.

A large crane will lift the nacelle and attach blades to the base. But, high winds kept crews from lifting any of the large nacelles today.

"It weighs with all the assembly over 100 tons, so more than, as we tell our grade school students, more than 45 grown elephants," said Lenz.

Puget Sound Energy expects to have the expansion completed by Winter of 2010.