75-MW Solar Project Set for Washington State

A privately-held solar company announced plan to install a 400-acre solar park on property north of Cle Elum, Washington. The Teanaway Solar Reserve is designed to have a capacity of close to 75 megawatts. The target date for completion is fall 2011.

The developer, Teanaway Solar Reserve LLC, is negotiating with several international manufacturers of solar PV panels and is reviewing several sites in Cle Elum on which to build the plant for manufacturing the approximately 400,000 panels needed to complete the project.

Economic projections indicate the solar reserve will create hundreds of manufacturing, installation and maintenance jobs in the county. The Teanaway Solar Reserve will employ PV solar technology to directly convert sunlight into electricity.

“Last year, I fought to pass my bipartisan clean energy tax incentives bill, and now, thanks in part to that legislation, we’re seeing this project get off the ground,” Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said. “Washington State is leading the way to transitioning our world to a clean energy economy, and I am so proud that our state will be home to one of the largest solar generating facilities in the nation. This groundbreaking project will create construction and manufacturing jobs, bring hundreds of millions of investment dollars into Central Washington, and generate fuel and emissions-free electricity for our citizens.”

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