First Turbines at Wind Farm Online

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – The first turbines at a wind farm in north-central Montana are online, supplying power to customers in California.

The $500 million Glacier Wind Farm is being developed by Spain-based NaturEner. The first phase will produce 106.5 megawatts of power. Company spokesman Bill Alexander says each of the 71 towers in the first phase is scheduled to be online and producing full power within two weeks.

Claudia Rapkoch with NorthWestern Energy says the wind farm connected to the transmission system Tuesday. NaturEner is adding 20 megawatts of power at a time to NorthWestern’s transmission system.

NaturEner says the power is bound for customers of San Diego Gas and Electric.

NaturEner plans another 69 wind turbines at the site, with work scheduled to be complete next spring.