Teanaway Solar Reserve LLC announced plans Thursday for a 75 megawatt solar power plant consisting of 400,000 solar panels. The plant, which, if completed today, would be the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the world.
The solar panels will offset approximately 275-million pounds of carbon dioxide every year and provide electricity for 45,000 households.
The site is located on land that has previously been used for logging. The target date for completion is 2011.
Teanaway says that all of the solar panels for the project will be manufactured at an on-site facility. The facility will continue producing solar panels for residential houses after the initial project is completed.
The solar plant will create hundreds of jobs in the area, many permanent, and will likely make Washington a leader in renewable energy.
Contrary to popular belief, the proposed area, just 85 miles from Seattle, receives enough sunlight to compete with parts of California. The Teanaway Valley was chosen because it receives more than 300 sun days a year, more than enough to facilitate a large-scale solar project.
The plant will be located on a 400 acre site approximately 4 miles northeast of Cle Elum, Washington at the base of the Cle Elum Ridge.
Maria Cantwell, Democratic Senator from Washington, said of the project:
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. 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.According Teanaway's website, the company "is a private solar organization that has leased property from American Forest Holdings, LLC, which is managed and operated by American Forest Land Company, LLC of Ellensburg. The solar developer also has a lease option on acreage in Cle Elum where the solar panels will be manufactured and assembled."