My boyfriend (the chemical engineer) and I recently found out about the Wild Horse Wind Facility near Ellensburg, so we decided to drive there and check out their free guided tour.
- He learned some cool stuff about their wind turbines and solar panels.
- We learned that buildings and other things (like cats) are much more dangerous to birds (than wind turbines). The tour guide said that they recently put some kinds of stickers on their visitor center windows because that building was “killing” way too many birds. I’m guessing a lot of people worry about this, because it was mentioned a couple times on the tour (and at least once in the exhibit in the building).
- We were surprised to see (a lot of) cows wandering around the property. Many of them were next to the road and several were on the road. The tour guide said they belong to local ranchers.
- We were so happy to go from “gray gray gray rain rain rain” to “hey! blue sky!” We’ll probably visit that side of the mountains again soon. Not sure if we’ll visit this facility again in 2014, but maybe we will… we didn’t go on any of their self-guided tours this time.
Useful information from the website:
“The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, April through November, weather permitting.
Weather permitting, guided tours depart daily 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. All guided tours are free.”