First Wind celebrates fifth year completion of Milford Wind

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First Wind has commemorated the fifth anniversary of the commercial operations of its Milford Wind I project, spreading over Beaver and Millard Counties, Utah.

The Milford Wind I consists of 97 operating wind turbines with a capacity of 204 megawatts which was expanded in 2011 to add an additional 68 turbines and 102 MW of capacity.

In combination, these two phases of the project have produced 2,650,000 megawatt-hours of energy since the first project began commercial operations in 2009.

This is considered to be the first project in Utah and the largest operating wind project in the state. This is also the first utility-scale wind farm built on federal land.

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First Wind spent about $30 million with Utah-based businesses developing and building the first phase of the project and another $56 million in indirect spending. Collectively, the Milford Wind project represents $85.5 million in investments.

The combined 306 MW project provides power for the equivalent of about 60,000 homes and avoids over 1,780,465 tons of CO2 emissions annually. Milford Wind I created more than 250 development and construction jobs so far.

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A good part of that success at Milford is due to the support received from the local community, local, state and federal landowners and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The Milford project is making a positive economic and environmental contribution to the community and the region, said, Paul Gaynor, CEO, First Wind.

The power for the Wind Corridor is sold to the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) as its largest customer.

First Wind is also developing eleven utility-scale solar projects with a combined capacity of 340 MW in Beaver and Iron counties that are expected to generate clean energy to power 100,000 Utah homes.

Sabeena Wahid
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