Kittitas County, Wash., has cleared the way for the 75 MW Teanaway Solar Reserve (TSR) to advance to the final step in the permitting process, according to the project's developers. The Office of Community Development Services has issued a ‘Mitigated Declaration of Non-Significance,’ finding TSR has taken sufficient steps to avoid or mitigate for any significant environmental impacts caused by the construction and operation of the project.
The decision reflects the input of state agencies, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Ecology and the Department of Natural Resources. The final proposal incorporates input from the city of Cle Elum and numerous area residents.
In August, the county's Board of Adjustment will rule on TSR's conditional use permit (CUP) application. After that, the Board of County Commissioners will review a development agreement (DA) between the county and TSR. Once the CUP and DA are in hand, TSR will hire a local workforce and break ground.
SOURCE: Teanaway Solar Reserve