Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and 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 can generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The solar array, 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

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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 visitors with 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.

Take a tour, or explore the educational displays 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.

Hours

Open April 1 - October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Nov. 1 - March 31




Tours

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Weather permitting, free guided tours depart daily, from April through October 31, 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 60 minute walking tour that explores the solar array, wind turbine blade, turbine generator and gearbox, and lets you look inside the base of an active wind turbine!

  • Closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED.
  • The tour covers a 1/2 mile on gravel trails. Tour participants with mobility issues can arrange vehicle access to the base of the turbine.
  • Dress for the weather. Wind speeds average 17 mph and it is typically cooler 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 canceled or modified at any time due to inclement weather, high winds or any unsafe conditions.

Please review the tour liability form and tour checklist for a complete list of rules.



Presentations

Presentations are available by appointment. The presentation covers renewable technology, economics, construction and siting, and takes 45 - 60 minutes.



Conference Room

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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 and community groups. It can also be reserved for meetings and retreats. Large events such as weddings cannot be accommodated.

For more details, please read our Wild Horse Conference Room Amenities.

  • 2019 Renewable Energy Center Events

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    Kick Off & Earth Month Celebration: April 6th

    Join us in celebrating the opening of our 10th season and the start of Earth Month! Enjoy snacks, coffee, nature walks, kid’s activities, free native plants, energy efficiency info, and awesome prizes!

    • 10 a.m. Wind Turbine Tour
    • 11 a.m. Nature Walk
    • 12 p.m. Light refreshments provided
    • 1 p.m. Wind Power 101 Presentation
    • 2 p.m. Wind Turbine Tour
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Live Electrical Safety Demonstration

    Kid’s Schedule

    • 9 a.m. Design your own recycling bin (Limited quantities)
    • 11 a.m. Paint a hard hat
    • 1 p.m. Plant Seeds in a Recycled Origami Pot
    • 3 p.m. Create a Hawk Silhouette for your window

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    Run Like the Wind: April 27th

    Uphill, into the wind, both ways!

    Join us for Run Like the Wind, for 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races, and a free kid's dash. Run the trails and roads navigating the mountains and valleys of the Wild Horse Wind Facility. These races will be challenging, with elevation gain and tough trails, but with gorgeous with views of Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, and the Columbia Basin. Enjoy live music and great food at the finish line, and join a guided wind turbine tour before or after your race. Sign up here to race or volunteer: www.run-like-the-wind.com


    Wildflower and Wind Power Walk: April 28th

    Explore the vast array of shrub steppe wildflowers at the Wild Horse Wind Facility. Enjoy the guided wildflower walks, presentations, displays, and wind turbine tours. RSVP Required: wildhorse@pse.com

    • 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

    Wildflower Walks will also be offered mid-week, by appointment, April through May.


    Sunset Wildflower Walk: Dates TBD

    Experience the wildflowers at Wild Horse during the beautiful evening hours. Dates will be mid-week in May from around 7pm-9pm.


    Wildflower and Wind Power Walk: May 12th

    Explore the vast array of shrub steppe wildflowers at the Wild Horse Wind Facility. Enjoy the guided wildflower walks, presentations, displays, and wind turbine tours. In honor of Mother’s Day weekend we will have special treats for any mom’s attending! RSVP Required: wildhorse@pse.com

    • 10 a.m. Wind Turbine Tour
    • 11 a.m. Wildflower Orientation
    • 11:30 a.m. Wildflower Walk
    • 1 p.m. Mother’s Day Desserts
    • 2 p.m. Wind Turbine Tour
    • 3 p.m. Wildflower Orientation
    • 3:30 p.m. Wildflower Walk

    Picnic in the Pines: June 1st 10 a.m-2 p.m.

    Start off with a wind turbine tour at 10am, then embark on a family friendly hike through a Ponderosa Pine forest where kids will discover the plants and animals of the shrub steppe, and explore the history hidden in this old pine grove. Bring a picnic lunch, and we will provide the nature journals and games! RSVP to wildhorse@pse.com.


    Starry Skies Over the Kittitas Valley

    Take a cosmic voyage with Ranger Naturalist Emily Jacobs as you lay beneath the stars at Wild Horse. During this naked eye stargazing experience, you’ll learn about the heavens, the moon, the Milky Way galaxy, meteors, constellations, comets, and all the folklore that follows. Great for all ages. RSVP to wildhorse@pse.com. Space is limited.

    NIGHT SKY/STAR PROGRAMS
    June 29th-- start at 10p
    July 27th-- start at 9:30p
    August 24th-- start at 9p


    Summer Kid’s Activities

    Join us for a power hour of science and creativity at 1pm followed by a tour of a Wild Horse wind turbine at 2pm! RSVP to wildhorse@pse.com.

    July 6th: Soda Volcanoes and Lava Flows
    July 20th: Solar Oven S’mores
    August 3rd: Create a Terrarium
    August 17th: Suncatchers


    Wild Horse Behind the Scenes Tour: TBD August/September and October

    Join us on a behind the scenes extended tour exploring wind technology, history, geology, and the shrub steppe. This tour will take you through our Wind 101 presentation and tour, to the top of the mountain to our 450 kw solar array, on a hike through an old Ponderosa forest, and a look into the Operations & Maintenance Building Shop for an in-depth look at how a wind facility is designed and operated. Space is limited. RSVP via email at: wildhorse@pse.com


    Perseid Meteor Shower

    Looking for a laid back location for star gazing and watching the Perseid Meteor Shower? The Renewable Energy Center will be open from 7pm-12pm with extra tours, snacks, and kid’s activities on August 12th. Bring a chair and stake out your spot on the patio. Note: Due to a nearly full moon, meteor viewing conditions are not ideal, but we plan on having a great night star gazing anyway!

    RSVP Required: wildhorse@pse.com

    • Kid’s Activities: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Twilight Turbine Tour: 7:30 & 8 p.m.
    • Star Gazing: 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Sunset at 8:18pm. In order to avoid disrupting the star gazing with your headlights, please plan on arriving by 9 p.m.

    We may hold an event over the weekend as well, since the shower peaks on Monday/Tuesday.


    Hunter’s Breakfast: Friday October 25th 7-10 a.m.

    Enjoy a free breakfast and learn about the Hunting and Recreation program at Wild Horse.

    Please note, Access Permits for Hunting are no longer issued at the Renewable Energy Center. They are now available online through the WDFW Hunt by Reservation program, with some seasons being a limited to 50 people a day with advance online registration.

  • Hunting

    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 1 and November 30.

    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.

    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 31 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 a.m. - 10 a.m. 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 1 – November 30 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 509-964-7815.