Kittitas Valley Wind Farm, Kittitas County, WA

White Construction for Horizon Wind Energy

White Shield is supporting White Construction and Horizon Wind Energy with surveying services for this new wind energy project, initially consisting of 48 wind turbine generators with a capacity of approximately 144 megawatts, and a planned total of up to 82 turbines with a capacity of 246 megawatts. The project occupies approximately 90 acres of land and is located on open ridge tops on each side of US Highway 97 in Kittitas County, WA, roughly halfway between Ellensburg and Cle Elum.

Associated with this wind power project are approximately 19 miles of new roads and improvements to roughly 7 miles of existing roads, approximately 23 miles of underground and 2 miles of overhead 34.5-kilovolt electrical power lines, a new substation, an approximately 5,000-square-foot operations and maintenance facility, and four permanent meteorological towers.

White Shield survey crews established control using RTK GPS methods, tied control to existing benchmarks, and set clearing limits. Staking was provided for centerline/edge of access roads, individual turbine sites, meteorological tower sites, a new substation, laydown area, maintenance facility, and to delineate cultural and archeological sites. Additionally, Civil3D as-built maps are being provided for each completed tower base, and the design of several access roads.