Long Beach Peninsula photographer Nellie Hux caught this intriguing shot from Ledbetter Farms in Ocean Park, Washington, one recent (and rare) clear day. At first, the Ear was perplexed by the sight of four windmills off the Washington coast, and wondered how they could have suddenly popped up, seemingly out of nowhere.
Well, the answer is, of course, they didn’t; it’s an optical illusion. The windmills are actually across Willapa Bay, up on a hill in Grayland, Washington. She took the photo on the ocean side of the peninsula, from the beach. An enlarged version of the photo can be found at tinyurl.com/NellieHux
Actually, the 6 megawatt wind farm, a Coastal Energy Project of the Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP), is not new to the area at all. It was, in fact, installed in June 2010, and produces around 13.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually (tinyurl.com/CCAPwind). Better yet, the energy is then sold to the local public utility district, and the revenue is used to fund CCAP programs that help Grays Harbor and Pacific county low-income families.
“This project isn’t there to put money in stockholders’ pockets,” Craig Dublanko, CEO of CCAP explained. “This project is here to help the community succeed.”