Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility &
Renewable Energy Center

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Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility

The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in Central Washington.

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The wind turbines at Wild Horse have the capacity to generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar-power installation, one of the Northwest's largest, can generate up to 502 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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The Renewable Energy Center

Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility

The wind and sun of Kittitas County are a tremendous natural resource for producing clean, renewable energy. Set high on a ridge, the Renewable Energy Center provides an up-close look at the facility’s 149 wind turbines, as well as 360 degree views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Basin.

Explore the diverse educational displays at the Renewable Energy Center to learn more about wind and solar technology, as well as the area's unique natural history. Outdoor trails lead to a solar array, blade, turbine generator, gearbox, and additional displays.


Open April 1-Nov. 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed Nov. 16-March 31
Call 509-925-3131 to schedule a tour during the winter months.


Weather permitting, free guided tours depart daily, April through November 15th 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.

Join us for a 45-60 minute walking tour that explores the 52 kw solar array, wind turbine blade, turbine generator, gearbox, and lets you take a look inside the base of an active wind turbine!

  • Please wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Tour covers 1/3 of a mile on gravel trails. Tour participants with mobility issues can arrange vehicle access to the base of the turbine with site staff.
  • Dress for the weather. Wind speeds average 17 mph, and it is typically 10 degrees colder on the ridge.
  • All participants must sign a liability form. Minors must have the liability form signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the tour.
  • Tours can be cancelled at any time due to inclement weather, high winds, or any unsafe conditions.

If you are interested in a tour, please review the tour liability form and tour checklist for a complete list of rules.


Presentations are also offered to groups by appointment. The presentation can last anywhere from 45-60 minutes depending on content and audience questions. A shorter presentation is available for elementary age students. The presentation will cover wind and solar technology, PSE wind resources, changes in the industry, economics, and construction.

Conference Room

Wild Horse Conference room

The center features a conference facility with a meeting room accommodating 48 people. This area is used for wind and solar presentations to visiting schools, businesses, clubs, and community groups. It can also be reserved for meetings, retreats, and fundraisers. Because the exhibit area is open to the public for most of the day, large events such as weddings cannot be accommodated.

For more details, please read about our Conference Room Rules and Accommodations.


The Wild Horse Wind Facility is located in Game Management Unit (GMU) 329 in eastern Kittitas County. PSE allows public hunting at Wild Horse during all legal hunting seasons that fall between April 1st – November 30th.

HUNTING RESERVATION PERMITS ARE REQUIRED for hunting within the wind facility boundary. Hunting reservation permits are issued online only through WDFW's Hunt by Reservation Program. Hunting permits are no longer issued at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center (visitor center). Permits, maps, and rules are all available online.

NEW IN 2016!

A limited number of hunting reservation permits will be issued per day during the Modern Firearm General Elk Season in an effort to improve the overall safety and quality of hunting during this busy season. The number of permits issued each year during this 9 day season will be determined in coordination with WDFW and will allow for the maximum hunting opportunity while still providing for safety and quality of hunting.

Reserve a hunting reservation permit

For more information about hunting at Wild Horse please call 509-786-1923 ext. 109 or 509-964-7813.

Disabled Hunters

PSE offers special access opportunities to hunters with lower extremity mobility disabilities through a limited permit drawing administered by WDFW's Road Access Entry Program. If drawn for a permit, hunters will be issued a special use permit by PSE allowing access to drive into a designated closed or gated area where other hunters must walk in. Application submissions for the drawing begin the first week of June and must be submitted to WDFW by July 31st in order to be eligible for the drawing.

Apply for the drawing

If not drawn for special access, disabled hunters must apply for a hunting reservation permit though WDFW's Hunt by Reservation Program if they wish to still hunt at Wild Horse and MUST follow the same rules as non-disabled hunters.

For more information about disabled hunting opportunities at Wild Horse please call 360-902-2349 or 509-964-7813.

FREE Hunter Breakfast

Please join PSE and the Kittitas County Field & Stream Club at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center from 7:00am-10:00am the Friday before the Modern Firearm General Elk Season for a free hunter breakfast!

Recreation (non-Hunting)

Lands within the Wild Horse Wind Facility are also open to non-hunting recreational activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and horseback riding from April 1st – November 30th by written
permission only



RECREATION ACCESS PERMITS ARE REQUIRED for public recreation within the wind facility boundary. Recreation access permits are available online or you can pick up a permit at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center.

Print out a recreation access permit online

For more information about non-hunting recreation at Wild Horse please call 509-964-7813 or


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