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Giant Central Wash. $300M solar plant moves ahead August 19, 2009

Backers of one of the world’s largest solar photovoltaic plants say they’re moving ahead to build their facility near Cle Elum in central Washington.

Teanaway Solar Reserve LLC officials said they’ve submitted a permit application to Kittitas County to build a 75-megawatt plant that will include 400,000 solar panels on 400 acres of former logging land. They’re estimating the overall private investment into the plant will be more than $300 million.

The project, they said, will create up to 225 “family-wage” jobs every year during the plant’s three-year construction period. The plant is expected to employ 35 people after it’s built.

“The Teanaway Solar Reserve (is) an example of the ideal 21st century business — one that benefits individuals, the community and the planet at the same time,” said Howard Trott, managing director, in a statement.

The permit application contains “hundreds of pages necessary for county land use and environmental review,” Teanaway officials said in a statement. When complete, the project would provide enough energy for about 45,000 homes, they said.

Puget Sound Business Journal –


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