Eva Creek Wind Project



Output statistics (bar chart) (To view daily output statistics, click on the wind meter to the right)


The first power from Eva Creek Wind came into the grid at 9 am on October 24, 2012. On January 7, 2013, all 12 turbines were fully tested, commissioned and generating power.

At just under 25-megawatts, Eva Creek is the largest wind project in Alaska and the first by any Railbelt utility. It is located 14 miles from Healy at the top of the 10-mile Ferry mining road.

The Eva Creek Wind project is visible from the Parks Hwy.  As you're headed north out of Healy, look to the right in the vicinity of Milepost 263.

The addition of Eva Creek Wind is exciting for Golden Valley and the Interior as a whole. The project integrates well into GVEA’s system and enables the cooperative to meet its Renewable Energy Pledge ahead of schedule. Eva Creek Wind also helps reduce the Interior’s dependence on oil for power generation.

Fast Facts

Project Information

Turbine Statistics

Project Timeline


  • Installed first meteorological wind monitoring towers (2003)
  • Began wind-integration studies to make sure the wind power will work on GVEA’s system (2007)


  • Installed two 80-meter MET towers at Eva Creek site and one 50-meter MET tower on Walker Dome for further wind testing


  • Wetland survey and avian migration studies conducted for permitting process
  • Geotechnical investigation done for road and site improvements
  • Met with Alaska Railroad Corporation regarding rail access issues


  • Began infrastructure design (road, intertie, tower foundation and communications)
  • Contracts awarded; Michels Wind Energy is the general contractor
  • Conducted cultural resources surveys and wetlands field surveys
  • Road improvements began
  • Acquired permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • State of Alaska, Division of Natural Resources, began public and agency review process for land lease, material site and sales contract, communication sites, road improvement and realignment, etc.
  • Selected REpower as turbine manufacturer


  • State of Alaska, Division of Natural Resources, executed Early Entry Authorization for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of the wind farm
  • Construction and turbine erection
  • First wind power hit the grid (October 24)
  • Commissioning and testing
  • All 12 turbines commissioned (December 31)


  • Full commercial output (January 7, 2013)
  • Post-construction avian mortality studies to be conducted for the spring and fall migrations as a part of GVEA's United States Fish & Wildlife Avian Protection Plan (2013 and 2014)
  • In August and September, all 12 turbines were fitted with sensing devices. This was so that if any bearings fail, they will be detected instantly and the turbines will automatically shut down, pending visual inspection.