There have been mixed opinions on the potential that a 65,000 acre wind farm could transform the rural community. Some fear that the wind farm will ruin the natural, unobstructed views of the horizon. However, the wind farm would provide a source of income to surrounding communities that could change the lives of the people who live there for the better.
Scout Clean Energy lobbies for the wind farm
Scout Clean Energy came up with the idea for the wind farm in 2016. Adding a wind farm in Benton County, Wash., Would potentially produce 600 megawatts of wind power. Combine that with solar and battery storage, and the potential power output is 1150 megawatts of renewable energy.
As the nation pushes for a reduction in fossil fuel use, this addition would further clarify that renewables can dramatically change the future of energy and the environment for the better. The project would significantly reduce energy costs and generate income through property taxes.
With a maximum of 244 wind turbines, the wind farm turns out to have many advantages, even if it obscures the view of the horizon. In addition to creating more than a thousand megawatts of electricity, the installation of the turbines would generate many job opportunities.
There are believed to be nearly 1,000 potential temporary jobs in construction, as people are needed to build and install the turbines. In addition, a team would have to manage the farm, which would allow more than 50 permanent positions that would pay enough to support a family.
People have used the power of the wind for thousands of years. It has proven to be profitable, creates jobs and, overall, is more sustainable for the environment. As more and more people see the potential of renewable energy, the environment can begin to renew itself.
The farmer who supports the wind farm
Even with hindsight and the petitions against the wind farm, some people see the obvious benefits of adding a wind farm to the community. One man, especially Christopher Bubba Wiley, is a farmer from Horse Heaven Hills.
Wiley has supported the project from the start and wants his community to embrace renewable energy. Her community depends on the land for a living, most of them being farmers or working in the agricultural sector. Although this is another form of land stewardship, installing wind turbines would bring even more income to families than farming currently does.
As rural communities like those around Horse Heaven Hills continue to develop, they need a reliable source of income to support the people who live there. Wind farms might be better for the skyline than residential developments, which are also not a natural landscape.
A concern for the land
There is always concern that the construction of an entire wind farm will disrupt the terrain. The region has a unique history with its geology. Ice Age flooding helped shape the land into rolling hills accompanied by views of Mounts Rainier, Hood, and Adams.
In addition, the region has also attracted tourists. If a wind farm grows, the tourism industry could shrink. However, the income from the wind farm would replace the income generated by tourism. Farmers would benefit from the energy project.
In addition, farmers would still have plenty of room to continue their activity. Crops can grow among the renewable energy source, and animals like cattle, chickens, goats and pigs can still thrive despite having a wind farm nearby.
The rise of renewable energies
Wind power is one of the renewable energies that continues to gain popularity across the country. He has grown quite a bit over the past few decades. Today, wind power accounts for about 8.4% of U.S. electricity production from utility-sized farms, which the Washington Wind Farm could be as long as it is approved.