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Bear Creek Wind Farm

Bear Creek Wind Farm (24 MW)

The Bear Creek wind farm is located about 10 miles southeast of Wilkes-Barre, PA near the village of Bear Creek in Luzern County. The wind farm, consisting of twelve Gamesa 2.0 MW wind turbines, became operational in February 2006. Community Energy, the developer of the 24 MW Bear Creek Wind Farm in Carbon County, worked closely with Pennsylvania’s regional sustainable energy funds in 2005 to secure funding to develop and construct the wind farm. The five regional sustainable energy funds in PA that provided financing to Bear Creek were the TRF Sustainable Development Fund, which structured the financing on behalf of the regional funds, the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania, the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund and the Metropolitan Edison Sustainable Energy Fund. The wind farm produces approximately 71,173 megawatt hours of electricity per year. The wind farm is visible along PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (Interstate 476 South). The project represented a $1M dollar investment for WPPSEF.


  • Produces enough electricity to power 8,900 households/ yr.
  • First syndicated loan between PA regional funds ($5.5M)
  • Financing leveraged more than $33M in additional equity
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