Area Schools Tour Blue Canyon Wind Farm for Earth Day
Over 500 area students and teachers visited and toured the Blue Canyon Wind Farm over April 21 and 22, in recognition of Earth Day. Students had a chance to see the majestic wind turbines up close as their buses traveled over the roadways of this wind energy project near Lawton. The activities also included an electrical safety demonstration, a hands-on anemometer project, a recycling relay and a coloring contest.
First through fifth graders attended this year’s activities, marking the sixth time that events have been hosted at the Blue Canyon Wind Farm in commemoration of Earth Day. Schools attending included: Binger-Oney, Empire, Cordell, Altus, Lindsay, Lookeba-Sickles, Grandview, Lawton, Burns Flat-Dill City, Apache and Carnegie.
Kiwash Electric hosted approximately 50 Cordell 1st Graders and 50 3rd Graders from Burns Flat-Dill City Grade School.
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), who is purchasing the wind energy produced by Phase 1 of this project, and Horizon Wind Energy, the project developer, hosted the annual event. Five of the 19 distribution cooperatives served by WFEC selected and invited schools from their service area to take part in the two-day event. Participating cooperatives included Caddo Electric Cooperative, Binger; Cotton Electric Cooperative, Walters; Southwest Rural Electric Association, Tipton; Rural Electric Cooperative, Lindsay; and Kiwash Electric Cooperative, Cordell.
Blue Canyon Wind Farm (Phase 1) has a capacity of 74.25 megawatts, which is received from 45 of the 129 turbines that span the ridgeline along the Slick Hills area. The annual electricity production from Phase 1 provides enough power for the electrical needs of over 20,000 Oklahoma homes.
WFEC does not retain or retire all of the environmental attributes from energy generated by wind facilities.