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  5     22 MW Sawtooth Wind Farm, Idaho


Idaho Winds LLC (an affiliate of Pacific Winds) signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Idaho Power Company for the output from the 22 MW Sawtooth Wind Project, located on a sugar beet farm in Elmore County, about 60 miles east of Boise, Idaho.   A photo of the project is shown here.

This project features 14 GE 1.6 MW wind turbines, which are expected to produce the average energy supply for approximately 14,000 homes within Idaho Power’s service territory.  The project is operated by PowerWorks LLC, an affiliate of Idaho Winds LLC.

This Project is a boost to Idaho’s economy through local construction jobs and expenditures on materials, tools, supplies, and equipment rentals, as well as through the creation of long-term employment. The local economic benefits (direct and indirect) from this wind farm over 20 years is estimated to be over $40 million, including property taxes, payroll from high-skilled jobs, land owner/farmer land leases, post-startup sales taxes, business taxes, various services purchased from local retailers, etc. (both during initial construction and continuing services for operation and maintenance).

It’s important to note that clean wind power generation displaces toxic air emissions from fossil-fired power plants.  In turn, the avoidance of these pollutant emissions reduces the effects to humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.  Over the next 20 years, compared with the toxic air emissions from gas-fired power plants in Idaho, this clean, renewable wind power project will directly displace/avoid/SAVE:


>  1.76 billion lbs of toxic air emissions (including CO2, SO2, NOx and PM2.5)

>  1 premature human death, 1 heart attack, 8 asthma attacks, and 56 lost work/sick days

>  $7.3 million in health and medical costs

>  2,900 birds deaths

For information about the environmental, health, and economic benefits of wind power, please visit our

Health Benefits of Wind Power page.

All values contained herein are preliminary and approximate.  The renewable energy credits (RECs) generated from the Sawtooth project have been sold to a third party.