When you think of solar energy and ideal solar conditions, you think of Arizona or New Mexico.
Anywhere with lots of sun.
But that way of thinking has already lost home and business owners in overcasts states hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While the state of Washington has hydro-power operations and new wind power in business, they’re still working on building solar operations in the rain-prone state.
In fact, the talk of joining the renewable resources of wind and solar together has been talked about. But they would need to figure out how to join and manage their energy in a reliable in a grid.
While that technology needs more time, Washington is building a huge solar farm with a public lands lease. The solar farm will be more than 500,000 solar panels and around 150 megawatts.
This ambitious event has been termed the Lund Hill Project and will take place in Klickitat County. The spearhead of this project will be Aurora Solar, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables, LLC.
The solar farm will also be adjacent to other wind energy farms (good news for future developments, we think), and will overlap Juniper Canyon and Big Horn wind projects.
Furthermore, Avangrid is a Pacific Northwest wind developer that is planning to increasingly branch out to solar.
Obviously this could be incredibly lucrative and great thing for the Pacific Northwest as we may yet see wind and solar power working seamlessly together in the future.
There is a lot of consideration that goes into building a solar project, including environmental concerns.
Communications manager for Avangrid Renewables, Paul Copleman, stressed it would need to be good for the community as well as the land:
“A lot goes into siting a solar energy facility, but each project is different and goes through a rigorous permitting and evaluation process[…]each project broadly has to bring together a good combination of solar exposure, access to the energy grid, and be a fit with the land and the community.”
Washington state currently also has a 28 megawatt solar farm in Adams County and another 25 megawatt solar farm in construction in Kittitas County.
Hydro-power is already replacing coal-use in Washington and Oregon by leaps and bounds. Solar energy will continue to stack the blocks in favor of smart, renewable energy for these rain-prone states.
While Washington may not yet lead the nation in solar power yet, it’s definitely starting to smartly utilize the resource.
It would be a mistake to miss out on the clean energy.
Homeowners in overcast states all over the U.S. stand to benefit from solar power as it cuts monthly energy costs down and promotes clean, renewable energy.
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