The High Mesa Wind Farm is a 40 megawatt wind energy facility located in Elmore and Twin Falls counties in Idaho near the of scenic Snake River Canyon. The project was constructed during a major boom in the wind industry as many developers were trying to complete projects prior to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) expiration on December 31st, 2012. This rush to complete wind projects created delivery delays, supply chain constraints, shortage of heavy haul trucks as well as a shortage of specialized labor availability.
While High Mesa is relatively small for a wind farm, the project schedule was fast tracked breaking ground in August of 2012 and was fully operational and producing power by December 23rd despite delayed turbine deliveries. In order to complete the project on time crews worked two shifts, and brought in 13 cranes to finish erection in only 18 days. The project recorded over 74,000 man hours without a single loss time incident or OSHA recordable violation.
**ENR Award of Merit for Best Energy / Industrial Project
**ENR Award of Merit for Best Safety