Eva Creek Wind Project
A five-minute video, which explains what went into constructing the Eva Creek Wind Farm, can be found by clicking here.
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 Electric Association 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.
- Capacity: 24.6 megawatts
- Helped GVEA meet its Renewable Energy Pledge, which called for 20 percent of the system’s peak load to be generated by renewable resources by 2014. GVEA’s 2014 peak load was 201.6 MW.
- 2013 Capacity Factor: 33%
- Total Project Costs: $93 million
- State Appropriations: $13.4 million
- Amount Capitalized: $84 million
- GVEA-Owned and Operated
- General Contractor: Michels Wind Energy
- Turbines: 12 Senvion turbines (MM92, Cold Climate Version Machines)
- Turbine Hub Height: 262 feet (80 meters)
- Rotor Diameter: 303 feet (92.5 meters)
- Height of Turbine from Base to Blade Tip: Approximately 410 feet (125 meters)
- Minimum Wind Speed: 6.7 mph
- Maximum Wind Speed: 53.7 mph