Wind farms, despite some controversies around potential bird deaths due to impacts and visual distractions in select pristine landscapes, are considered by many to be heralds of the future for clean energy. These large scale turbine establishments have been springing up wherever the wind blows well, and a super large new development popping up in Utah is no exception to that rule.
First Wind, a wind power company, said yesterday it completed the first phase of a project in the Millard and Beaver counties, which will be capable of generating 203.5 MW of electricity. The Milford Wind Corridor project, as it is being called, will have “the capacity to generate clean, wind energy to power about 45,000 homes per year.” This particular farm is the largest in Utah and reportedly also one of the largest in the West. Power from the Milford Wind Corridor will ultimately deliver power to as far away as southern California.
First Wind added that 97 total wind turbines are being used in this phase and will generate enough clean energy to power about 45,000 homes per year. It was first started around a year ago and has generated a bit of a financial boon for the local economy, with First Wind spending about $30 million with Utah-based businesses during development and build out.