The center of energy innovation is in Spokane Valley
The U.S. wind market has grown substantially over the years into an increasingly complex and well-connected supply chain. There are more than 500 U.S. manufacturing facilities specializing in wind components such as blades, towers, and generators, as well as turbine assembly across the country.
The industry is growing in Washington State and Spokane Valley is well-sited for a new or expanding business. With support from Washington State government’s mandate to use 100% clean energy by 2045, local energy producers are investing in innovations in renewable energy technology. The state is home to 10 wind farms (with more in development), many of which are located in eastern Washington, as well as numerous wind-related manufacturing businesses. In 2019, the industry employed more than 3,000 workers in the state and paid $19 million in annual state and local tax payments (by wind projects).
Spokane Valley offers engineering talent and an experienced workforce in steel and heavy machinery manufacturing. With WSU Pullmans’ professional degree in electrical power engineering and existing concentrations of aerospace and metal and plastics production, the City of Spokane Valley is an attractive home base for manufacturers of wind turbines.
Washington Wind Facts
|Installed Wind Capacity (MW):||3,108 MW|
|State Ranking for Installed Capacity:||11th|
|Wind Projects Online:||20|
|Number of Wind Turbines:||1,725|
|Under Construction Wind Capacity:||737 MW|
|Advanced Development Wind Capacity:||144 MW|
|Share of In-State Energy Production:||7.3%|
|Equivalent U.S. Homes Powered:||708,600|
|Direct Wind Industry Employment:||3,001 to 4,000|
|Wind-related Manufacturing Facilities:||10|
|Cumulative Wind Project Investment:||$6.5 billion|
|Annual Land Lease Payments:||$20 million|