Photos: A View of the Skookumchuck Wind Project From Above

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Aaron Norquist of Scatter Creek Aerials captured these photographs of the Skookumchuck Wind Project yard from above using a drone last week. 

Construction of the 38-turbine project began last year on the Thurston-Lewis county line outside of Rainier. 

It’s currently being developed and assembled by RES-Americas. 

Southern Power, a clean energy subsidiary of gas-and-electric utility Southern Company, purchased the Skookumchuck Wind Farm last October. Southern Power currently owns 100 percent of the project and plans on selling 49 percent of the operation to TransAlta once the facility achieves commercial operation, she said.

When the facility becomes operational early this year, the electricity generated will be sold to Puget Sound Energy through a 20-year contract.

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