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Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center

Our Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is 16 miles east of Ellensburg in Central Washington. Map it

Wild Horse's wind turbines have the capacity to generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

Wild Horse's solar-power installation, one of the Northwest's largest, can generate up to 500 kilowatts of electricity. Puget Sound Energy’s Renewable Energy Center offers a first-hand look at how these elements are turned into electricity.

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Events

April 25th, April 26th, and May 9th Wildflower and Wind Power Walks

Enjoy a hike through the beautiful shrub steppe, led by local native plant enthusiasts. More than 200 plant species can be found at Wild Horse. Don't miss out on the brilliant wildflower displays in April and May. Hikes vary from 1 to 2 miles over uneven terrain, at a very casual pace. Bring a jacket, snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes, walking stick, and a camera! Please call 509-964-7815 or email wildhorse@pse.com to sign up.

Schedule for April 25th and May 9th
  • 10 a.m. Wind Turbine Tour
  • 11 a.m. Wildflower Orientation
  • 11:30 a.m. Wildflower Walk
  • 2 p.m. Wind Turbine Tour
  • 3 p.m. Wildflower Orientation
  • 3:30 p.m. Wildflower Walk
Schedule for April 26th

This will be held in conjunction with Run Like the Wind.

  • Noon Wildflower Orientation
  • 12:30 p.m. Wildflower Walk
  • 2 p.m. Wind Turbine Tour
  • 3 p.m. Wildflower Orientation
  • 3:20 p.m. Wildflower Walk

April 26th: Run Like the Wind
Uphill, into the wind, both ways!

Join us for the third annual Run Like the Wind Running Festival, put on in collaboration with Run for Good Racing Company, featuring a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 30K, and a free kid's dash. Run the trails and roads traversing the mountains and valleys of the Wild Horse Wind Facility. These races will be challenging, with a lot of elevation gain and tough trails, but with gorgeous with views of Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and the Columbia Basin. Join a guided tour of the wind farm before or after your race, to see the awesome power of the wind. Enjoy live music by The Chance Brothers Band, beer courtesy of Iron Horse Brewery and great food that awaits you at the finish line. PSE employees can use the code PSE15 to get 25 percent off of race registration.

Tours

The wind and sun of Kittitas County are a tremendous natural resource for producing clean, renewable energy.

Check out the educational displays at the Renewable Energy Center created by PSE and Central Washington University. As you take a tour of discovery, you will learn more about wind and solar technology – as well as the area's unique natural history.

Get up-close views of the wind turbines and solar arrays from a 3,500-foot ridge set against the backdrop of the Cascade mountain range. From this vantage point you can see the entire Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Looking east view the Columbia River Basin.

The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April through October and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in November. It features a conference facility with a meeting room accommodating 48 people, and a kitchen and catering facilities.

Weather permitting, guided tours depart daily, April through November from the Renewable Energy Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; no reservation is needed for these tours. To schedule a separate, group tour of Wild Horse, please call 509-964-7815. During the winter months, tours are available by appointment. Please call 509-925-3131 to schedule.

All guided tours are free. If you are interested in a tour, please review the liability form and tour checklist linked below. Please note, minors must have the liability form signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the tour. Please wear closed-toed shoes.

Renewable Energy Center brochure
Tour Liability Form
Tour Checklist

Recreation

Lands within the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility are open to hunting, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding and other recreational activities by written permission only. Gates along the Beacon Ridge Road are open April 1 to Nov. 30, from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset.

To get permission to walk the grounds, complete the online application form then pick up your permit at the Renewable Energy Center.

FAQs

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