Commercial Wind Projects

 

  • Judith Gap is a 135 MW facility north of Harlowton that started commercial operation in 2006. Power from the 90 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines is sold to NorthWestern Energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
  • NaturEner is a San Francisco and Spain-based company operating the Glacier Wind Farm I and II outside of Shelby. The wind farms were built in two phases with a total capacity of 210 MW from 140 Acciona 1.5 MW turbines. The first phase went into service at the end of 2008. Rim Rock, a farm of 189 MW, is at a site about 25 miles north of the Glacier installation near Cut Bank and was commissioned in December, 2012.
  • Horseshoe Bend Wind Park is a 9 MW project with six GE 1.5 MW turbines, located just west of Great Falls International Airport. It went on-line in 2006. The project sells 5 MW of electricity to Idaho Power on contract, with United Materials of Great Falls using the remainder.
  • Diamond Willow Wind Farm near Baker is operated by Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU). The first phase began commercial operation in 2008. Its initial capacity was 19.5 MW, expanded to 30 MW in 2010, for a total of 20 General Electric 1.5 MW turbines.
  • Two Dot Wind has four farms between Martinsdale and Two Dot with a total capacity of 3.8 MW. These are Qualifying Facilities providing power to NorthWestern Energy.
  • NorthWestern Energy purchased the 40 MW Spion Kop Wind Project from Compass Wind in November, 2012 upon commissioning. The project is in northcentral Montana near Geyser.
  • Greenfield Wind is a 25 MW facility on the Fairfield Bench west of Great Falls. The project was commissioned in 2016 and is adjacent to the 10-MW Fairfield facility, which was completed in 2014.
  • EverPower is developing the Mud Springs wind farm in Carbon County, breaking ground in December 2014. The project may produce 240 MW upon completion.
  • Orion Wind is under development near Forsyth and will have a capacity of 300 to 1,150 MW.
  • The installed wind capacity of the United States is summarized here.
  • Montana commercial projects are summarized here