PROJECT DEVELOPER & OWNER: Lime Wind, Inc.
ONLINE DATE: November 2011
CAPACITY: 3-Megawatts (MW)
PROJECT TYPE: Wind Energy
Lime Wind Farm is a family owned, 3-MW community wind project located in the eastern Oregon town of Huntington, just southeast of La Grande on the Snake River. With Hells Canyon and the Idaho border to the east, Lime Wind Farm is one of the first locally-owned megawatt wind farms in Oregon.
Developed by the father-son team Randy and Loran Joseph of Joseph Millworks, Inc., Lime Wind Farm is exemplary of the founders’ entrepreneurial spirit and family-owned business roots. Founded in 1996, Joseph Millworks manufactures custom doors and windows using traditional mortice and tenon construction. Randy and Loran’s interest in sustainability far precedes the development of the Lime Wind Farm, including a commitment to using only sustainably-harvested North American woods in their manufacturing.
Interest in building the project was born after Randy attended a presentation on the value that locally-owned renewable energy projects can have on rural economies. In fact, recent data indicates that small-scale and community-based wind projects have 3.5 times the economic benefit for local communities because the owners typically reside where the farm has been built. Four years and hundreds of hours later, Randy turned his dream into reality. Despite a declining economy, construction of the project began in July 2011, was completed in November 2011 and has already provided jobs to Oregonians.
With a capacity of 3-MW of energy, Lime Wind Farm has partnered with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to sell Renewable Energy Certificates to its partner businesses. With its unique, localized story, Lime Wind Farm provides a great opportunity for businesses to participate in meaningful production of renewable energy while demonstrating their commitment to high-quality, locally owned projects.