The Palouse Wind Project has come one step closer to reality. First Wind, a U.S.-based wind energy company, was granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the project on May 23rd. Though the size of the project is still yet to be determined, the permit allows for up to 65 wind turbines and 195 megawatts-- enough energy to power approximately 25,000 homes. The bulk of the project construction will most likely begin in 2012, however road and infrastructure work could begin this year. First Wind states that they are dedicated to locally sourcing as much of the labor and material needs as possible. It is estimated the project will create more than 100 construction jobs and as many as 15 regular, full-time jobs once the project is complete.