Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center

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The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington.

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The wind turbines at Wild Horse can generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar array, one of the Northwest's largest, can generate up to 502 kilowatts of electricity. Puget Sound Energy’s Renewable Energy Center offers a first-hand look at how these elements are turned into electricity.

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The Renewable Energy Center

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The wind and sun of Kittitas County are a tremendous natural resource for producing clean, renewable energy. Set high on a ridge, the Renewable Energy Center provides visitors with an up-close look at the facility’s 149 wind turbines, as well as 360 degree views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Basin.

Take a tour, or explore the educational displays to learn more about wind and solar technology, as well as the area's unique natural history. Outdoor trails lead to a solar array, blade, turbine generator, gearbox and additional displays.

Hours

Open April 1 - Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Nov. 16 - March 31




Tours

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Weather permitting, free guided tours depart daily, from April through November 15, from the Renewable Energy Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No reservation is needed for these tours. To schedule a separate group tour of Wild Horse, please call 509-964-7815.

Join us for a 60 minute walking tour that explores the solar array, wind turbine blade, turbine generator and gearbox, and lets you look inside the base of an active wind turbine!

  • Closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED.
  • The tour covers a 1/2 mile on gravel trails. Tour participants with mobility issues can arrange vehicle access to the base of the turbine.
  • Dress for the weather. Wind speeds average 17 mph and it is typically cooler on the ridge.
  • All participants must sign a liability form. Minors must have the liability form signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the tour.
  • Tours can be canceled or modified at any time due to inclement weather, high winds or any unsafe conditions.

Please review the tour liability form and tour checklist for a complete list of rules.



Presentations

Presentations are available by appointment. The presentation covers renewable technology, economics, construction and siting, and takes 45 - 60 minutes.



Conference Room

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The center features a conference facility with a meeting room accommodating 48 people. This area is used for wind and solar presentations to visiting schools, businesses and community groups. It can also be reserved for meetings and retreats. Large events such as weddings cannot be accommodated.

For more details, please read our Conference Room Rules and Accommodations.










Events

Check back for schedules as events approach.


Hunter’s Breakfast: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7 - 10 a.m.

Enjoy a free breakfast and learn about the Hunting and Recreation program at Wild Horse.

Please note, Access Permits for Hunting are no longer issued at the Renewable Energy Center. They are now available online through the WDFW Hunt by Reservation Program, with some seasons being limited to 50 people per day with advance online registration.



November 4th: Bluebird Craft Day

Learn about the Mountain Bluebirds that inhabit Wild Horse while you create felted bluebird dryer balls from wool, or assemble a nesting box to welcome them back from migration in the spring!

  • RSVP Required. Email wildhorse@pse.com
  • 9:00 Welcome to Wild Horse
  • 9:15 Hike the Bluebird Trail
  • 10:00 Wind Turbine Tour
  • 11:00 Nesting Box Tutorial (limited kits available)
  • 12:00 Lunch Break (bring a sack lunch)
  • 1:00 Kid's Activities
  • 2:00 Wind Turbine Tour
  • 3:00 Create a Felted Bluebird Dryer Ball


November 10th: Behind the Scenes Tour

Join us for our last Behind the Scenes Tour of the Year! This will be a slightly abbreviated version due to the chilly November temperatures. RSVP Required: Email wildhorse@pse.com or call 509-964-7815.

  • 10:00 Wind 101 Presentation
  • 11:00 Wind Turbine Tour
  • 12:00 Break for Sack Lunch or Snack
  • 12:30 Mountaintop Tour (Solar, Site History, Geology)
  • 1:15 Operations Building Tour (Safety, Training, and Maintenance)
  • 2:00 Wrap up

Additional information on events can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wildhorseREC/events.



Hunting

The Wild Horse Wind Facility is located in Game Management Unit (GMU) 329 in eastern Kittitas County. PSE allows public hunting at Wild Horse during all legal hunting seasons that fall between April 1 and November 30.

HUNTING RESERVATION PERMITS ARE REQUIRED for hunting within the wind facility boundary. Hunting reservation permits are issued online only through WDFW's Hunt by Reservation Program. Hunting permits are no longer issued at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center (visitor center). Permits, maps and rules are all available online.

Reserve a hunting reservation permit

For more information about hunting at Wild Horse please call 509-786-1923 ext. 109 or 509-964-7813.



Disabled Hunters

PSE offers special access opportunities to hunters with lower extremity mobility disabilities through a limited permit drawing administered by WDFW's Road Access Entry Program. If drawn for a permit, hunters will be issued a special use permit by PSE allowing access to drive into a designated closed or gated area where other hunters must walk in. Application submissions for the drawing begin the first week of June and must be submitted to WDFW by July 31 in order to be eligible for the drawing.

Apply for the drawing

If not drawn for special access, disabled hunters must apply for a hunting reservation permit though WDFW's Hunt by Reservation Program if they wish to still hunt at Wild Horse and MUST follow the same rules as non-disabled hunters.

For more information about disabled hunting opportunities at Wild Horse please call 360-902-2349 or 509-964-7813.



FREE Hunter Breakfast

Please join PSE and the Kittitas County Field & Stream Club at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. the Friday before the Modern Firearm General Elk Season for a free hunter breakfast!



Recreation (non-hunting)

Lands within the Wild Horse Wind Facility are also open to non-hunting recreational activities such as hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding from April 1 – November 30 by written permission only.

RECREATION ACCESS PERMITS ARE REQUIRED for public recreation within the wind facility boundary. Recreation access permits are available online or you can pick up a permit at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center.

Print out a recreation access permit online

For more information about non-hunting recreation at Wild Horse please call 509-964-7813 or 509-964-7815.



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