The first wind farm in Baker County and Oregon’s first on Bureau of Land Management land went on line in the summer of 2012, thanks in part to a $2.5 million SELP loan. The $7 million, three-megawatt Lime Wind project
is unique in other ways, too. It is owned and operated by a single family – the Randy Joseph family of Sumpter – and was constructed with six used, 500-kilowatt turbines. The wind farm is located just east of I-84 between Baker City and Ontario. It is producing enough electricity to power about 800 homes and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.