Bellevue, WA, Dec. 8, 2006 — Puget Sound Energy (PSE), utility subsidiary of Puget Energy, issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop the Pacific Northwest’s largest solar-powered generating facility at the company’s nearly completed Wild Horse Wind Project (Wild Horse) in Eastern Washington. At 500 kilowatts, the pilot solar project would roughly double the state’s entire solar-powered electricity generation. PSE is on schedule this month to complete the construction of Wild Horse.
The RFP is for the design and construction of a 500-kilowatt solar facility in Kittitas County. The project would sit on about eight acres of PSE-owned land on the 9,000-acre Wild Horse site, located roughly 120 miles east of Seattle between Ellensburg and the Columbia River.
If all goes as planned, the Wild Horse solar project could be generating electricity by late 2007. The project’s power output would feed into the transmission system that carries electricity from PSE’s Wild Horse wind farm to homes and businesses throughout the utility’s service area.
The 127-turbine Wild Horse Wind Project, together with the 83-turbine Hopkins Ridge Wind Project that PSE completed last year northeast of Walla Walla, produces enough electricity to serve about 125,000 households. When the sun is shining, the Wild Horse solar facility will have the capacity to power an additional 300 homes.
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