Having received permission for a permit on Wednesday, the 75-megawatt (MW) reserve, located 90 miles east of Seattle, is expected to get underway as soon as possible. Around 200 construction jobs and 35 permanent jobs are set to be created.
According the TSRs website, around 400,000 PV panels will be used across 477 acres of the 982 project site: if everything goes to plan, the reserve should be fully operational by 2012. The company adds that the project will also produce a significant revenue stream, generating more than USD$97 million in purchases of goods and services during construction, and more than USD$1.5 million annually in property tax revenues to support local schools, roads and hospitals.
"With this decision, Kittitas County is in the forefront of the nation’s new renewable energy industry," says Howard Trott, TSR’s managing director. "TSR’s vision to generate green jobs and energy is now a reality, and it marks the start of a new future for Kittitas County and Washington state."