Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility &
Renewable Energy Center
The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in Central Washington.
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.
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
Tours can be scheduled by appointment during the off-season, dependent on staff availability
or weather, and can be canceled at any time. Call 509-925-3131 to schedule a tour during
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.
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.