75 MW Solar Power Plant & Solar Panel Factory Coming to Washington State

solar panels photo

photo: Teanaway Solar Reserve

The Pacific Northwest may be famous for a lot of things, but overly abundant sunshine probably isn't on the top of most people's lists. But never mind that. Just announced is a solar power project which, when completed in 2011, could well be the largest in Washington. Enter the 75 MW Teanaway Solar Reserve: The project will be located approximately 4 miles northeast of Cle Elum and consist of approximately 400,000 solar panels "surrounded by existing ponderosa pine forest."

Permit applications for the project, which is expected to generate enough electricity for some 45,000 homes, will be submitted this fall, with construction to begin in 2010.

More about the project: Teanaway Solar Reserve

In addition to the actual power plant, Greentech Media reports that Teanaway's developers want to also build a solar panel factory near the site, which would supply the panels actually used at the power plant.

Teanaway wouldn't actually produce the panels themselves, but would entice an existing manufacturer to set up operations at the newly-constructed factory.

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