Puget Sound Energy Integrates Solar Panels Into Existing Wind Facility

by | Nov 2, 2007

EI Solutions recently completed construction on the main portion of the Pacific Northwest’s largest solar-powered generating facility for Puget Sound Energy. The 2,408 newly installed solar panels can now generate up to 450 kilowatts of power.

The new solar-powered generating facility is located adjacent to the utility’s Wild Horse wind-power facility in central Washington. The $4 million Wild Horse solar project will incorporate more than 2,700 photovoltaic solar panels, mounted in two separate locations across five acres. Construction of the solar project began in June.

PSE’s 9,000-acre Wild Horse wind-power facility, located about 125 miles southeast of Seattle, is one of the few locations in the U.S. where utility-scale wind- and solar-powered electricity generation occur side-by-side. The solar-power facility will provide peak power during daylight hours and in the summer. The Wild Horse wind facility generates its maximum power during the evenings and in the fall through spring when the wind is strongest.

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