The Wild Horse Wind Farm is located 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington. GBI was hired to perform all the site work improvements to support the wind turbine installation there, where the facility’s 149 wind turbines can generate up to 273 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
GBI stripped the string roads and turbine sites of topsoil, constructed 10 miles of string roads, crushed and placed 80,000 tons of aggregate, drilled and shot roads, turbine sites, constructed crane pads, and restored the topsoil back on disturbed areas.
The general contractor discovered hard rock that could not be excavated. Since GBI is known for our drilling and blasting expertise, he immediately contacted us and we performed the work on short notice. Additionally, the high elevation of the ridgeline contributed to early season snowfalls that required the work to be completed on an expedited schedule.