Bellevue, Wash.-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the wholly owned utility subsidiary of Puget Energy, has announced plans to build a solar facility at its recently completed wind farm in Kittitas County, Wash.
PSE's near-term plans call for building the Pacific Northwest's largest solar-powered generating facility at its Wild Horse Wind Farm site. At 500 kW, the pilot solar project would nearly double the state's entire solar-powered electricity generation, the company says.
‘Throughout the design and construction of Wild Horse, our project team was inspired by Washington state's rich legacy of implementing innovation and new technologies to find better, cleaner ways to provide electricity,’ says Stephen P. Reynolds, PSE's chairman, president and chief executive officer. ‘Thanks to the support and cooperation of Kittitas County, we now have another renewable source of energy, which we intend to enhance.’
In November, PSE issued a request for proposals for the design and development of the solar project, which will sit on about eight acres of PSE-owned land on the Wild Horse site. PSE says its goal is to complete the solar project by the end of 2007.