Big wind power farm near Oakesdale


A major wind power farm will be built in the Palouse this summer.

Boston-based First Wind announced Tuesday that it will build 58 giant windmills between the town of Oakesdale and US 195. Each can produce 1.8 megawatts of electricity, for a total of 105 megawatts of power.

Officials said that was enough to serve 30,000 customers.

The company has a 30-year agreement to sell the power to Avista, the Spokane-based utility that serves eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

First Wind said the windmills will only occasionally be visible from US 195.