Integrating Wind Turbines into the Orcas Island Distribution System

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This research effort consists of two years of wind data collection and analysis to investigate the possibility of strategically locating a megawatt (MW) scale wind farm near the end of an Orcas Power and Light Company (OPALCO) 25-kilovolt (kV) distribution circuit to defer the need to upgrade the line to 69 kV. The results of this study support the results of previous work in which another yearof wind data and collection was performed. Both this study and the previous study show that adding a MW-scale wind farm at the Mt. Constitution site is a feasible alternative to upgrading the OPALCO 25-kV distribution circuit to 69 kV.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages71
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Zaininger Engineering Company, Roseville, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-500-24792


  • distribution systems
  • islands
  • wind energy
  • wind turbines


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