Teanaway Solar Reserve hopes to gain approval from Kittitas County
to build a 75 megawatt plant, made up of 400,000 photovoltaic panels.
The energy produced would be enough for 45,000 homes, said Howard
Trott, the Kirkland man who heads the operation.
will launch other large-scale solar projects around the U.S.,” said
Trott, who for 22 years helped manage investments for Seattle telecom
billionaire Craig McCaw.
will cost “north of $100 million.” Trott would not reveal where the
funds are coming from.
about 4 miles from Cle Elum, near the scenic Teanaway Valley. The site
has been heavily logged in the past, but is surrounded by Ponderosa
pine forest that will screen the array from view, Trott said.
only permits the company will need will be from Kittitas County, said
Matt Steuerwalt, a company spokesman.
praising the plans. She pointed out the value of federal tax credits
for solar projects, which she helped to extend.
producer by megawatt, in the United States — behind California,”