Teanaway Solar Reserve

Teanaway, Washington
Silent, clean, renewable energy is coming to Teanaway, Washington.
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The Teanaway Solar Reserve has moved one step closer to being one of world’s largest photovoltaic solar projects. Teanaway Solar Reserve LLC, the project’s leader, submitted a permit application to Kittitas County to locate a 75-megawatt project on privately-owned timber land about four miles northeast of Cle Elum, in Washington State.

The application includes hundreds of pages necessary for county land use and environmental review. Comprehensive environmental studies suggest the site is ideal for a solar project. The project generates positive benefits for the climate and has no water requirements with little impact to wildlife and wetlands.

Project leaders also released preliminary results from an economic study indicating the project will create up to 225 family-wage jobs every year during a three-year construction period and at least 35 jobs on a permanent basis. The overall private investment is expected to exceed a price tag of $300 million. That will translate into an injection of millions of dollars into the local economy in spending on the project and in ongoing tax revenues that will support local schools, roads, and hospitals.

In addition to a community economic package that includes green jobs and tax revenues, the Teanaway Solar Reserve is poised to bring other benefits to the region. The project leaders announced they are donating solar panels to two important projects in the area: the Cle Elum Senior Center that was destroyed recently in a fire and the Washington State Horse Park that is scheduled to break ground this fall on a state-of-the-art equestrian facility.

The media was given its first opportunity to tour the site of the Teanaway Solar Reserve. Sample solar panels were on hand so guests could see first-hand the type of technology that will be used for the project.

Howard Trott, Managing Director of the project, commented, “We are very proud of the Teanaway Solar Reserve. It’s an example of the ideal 21st century business — one that benefits individuals, the community and the planet at the same time.”

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