A plethora of wind turbines with their rotating blades may soon be dotting the outlying Tri-City area landscape as scores more of the machines are being proposed for construction.

Sunset at Burbo Bank Windfarm
Christopher Furlong

Scout Clean Energy is hoping to get a 'green light' in their quest to erect about 250 wind turbines and a solar component to go with it about four miles south of the Tri-Cities that basically extends from the Columbia River to just south of Benton City along the Horse Heaven Hills.

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Project information can be found here. The city of Kennewick is planning on holding a meeting to welcome comments from the public this upcoming Tuesday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m. at the Benton County Justice Center in Kennewick.

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How to Participate
The public is invited to view and/or participate in the town hall meeting in three (3) ways:

  1. Remotely via video (WebEx)
  2. Remotely via telephone
  3. In person at the Benton County Justice Center (7122 W Okanogan Place, Kennewick)
  4. Send comments via email with the subject line: Wind Farm Town Hall Comments to commissioners@co.benton.wa.us

Scout Clean Energy recently applied for Site Certification with the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC, the Council) to construct a wind and solar generation facility with a generating capacity of 1,150 megawatts. The project will involve the placement of approximately 244 wind turbines and a solar component that will occupy up to approximately 6500 acres of agricultural land.

Rather than apply for a County permitting process for the project, Scout Clean Energy has the legal ability to apply for site certification with EFSEC and have the Council and the State of Washington be the decision-making authority.

With this, Benton County and/or its representatives, do not decide if this project is approved or denied.

Stay tuned.

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